Deadline Extended for ApprenticeOhio Training Grants
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sponsors and employers applying for ApprenticeOhio Training Reimbursement Grants to cover the costs of training and tools for apprentices now have additional time to submit their applications.
According to Matt Damschroder, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the applications for reimbursement of costs incurred since July 1, 2022, were originally due by Dec. 31, 2022, but the deadline has been extended until March 31.
“To date we have received more than 100 applications and have approved more than half of those,” Damschroder said. “This means more than $870,000 will be returned to AprenticeOhio sponsors and employers so they can continue investing in the state’s workforce and ensuring that Ohio apprentices have the skills and experience they need for lifelong, successful careers.”
Sponsors and employers can apply for the grants at Apprentice.Ohio.gov, receiving reimbursement of up to $2,500 per apprentice for up to 10 apprentices to help cover the costs of training and tool allowances.
The program is the result of a federal Building State Capacity to Expand Apprenticeship through Innovation grant that ODJFS received in 2020.
Ohio ranks third in the nation and first in the Midwest for the number of apprentices with more than 21,000 enrolled. Apprentices earn while they learn, avoid student loan debt and earn an average of $72,000 per year after completing their program, which includes at least 2,000 hours of structured on-the-job training and 144 hours of classroom training. Ohio lists 319 occupations offering apprenticeships.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.