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Advantage: Apprenticeships Funding Program

More than $500,000 in funding available* to help pay for apprenticeship program costs!

Employers: Looking for a competitive edge, an advantage over your competitors that will pay dividends today and well into the future?

Are you faced with staffing shortages and struggling to retain workers? 

A U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program may be the solution. Take advantage of the opportunity to expand your team to include apprentices eager to learn and contribute as loyal employees. 

The seasoned team of apprenticeship experts at Oakland County Michigan Works! can help you through the whole process of building your program. More than $500,000 is available* to offset costs for eligible organizations.

*Eligibility requirements apply


Employers who offer successful apprenticeship programs:

  • Recruit and develop a diverse, highly skilled workforce that helps them grow their business
  • Improve productivity, profitability and their 
    organization’s bottom line
  • Reduce turnover, improve employee loyalty and retain top talent
  • Create customizable training that ensures workers develop the right skills
  •  Instill their company’s culture with vetted workers
  •  Invest in their community


While apprenticeship programs have historically been offered to those interested in a skilled trade, today’s apprentices are flourishing in a variety of fields: 
  • Advanced Manufacturing 
  • Construction 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Energy 
  • Engineering 
  • Financial Services 
  • Healthcare 
  • Hospitality 
  • Information Technology 
  • Transportation 
  • Others!


There are five key components to every registered apprenticeship program:
  • Paid Job with a competitive wage to enable apprentices to earn and learn
  • Work-based Learning featuring structured on-the-job instruction (time-based, competency-based or hybrid approach)
  • Mentorship providing internal, one-on-one support to apprentices by seasoned professionals
  • Classroom Learning that often provides college credit and is administered by a community college or online training provider 
  • Nationally Recognized Credentials earned by apprentices upon program completion and transferable during the course of their careers


Let Liz Rivard-Weston, the Apprenticeship Success Coordinator for Oakland County Michigan Works!, act as your one-stop resource for helping you launch a registered program.

She can be reached at: rivardwestone@oakgov.com

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Funded by: David Coulter, Oakland County
Executive, Oakland County Workforce Development Board, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity