As part of the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant 2020, a one-time business incentive per Registered Apprentice is available to Iowa Registered Apprenticeship (RA) Sponsors, who create or operate an RA Program in the healthcare or agriculture sector or industries or Registered Apprentices affected by COVID-19.
Healthcare and Agricultural Industry Requirements
In order to receive business incentive funds for the healthcare or agricultural industries, apprenticeable occupations must fall into one of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System Groups:
- 11-9010: Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
- 11-9110: Medical and Health Services Managers
- 19-0000: Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
- 21-0000: Community and Social Service Occupations
- 29-0000: Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
- 31-0000: Healthcare Support Occupations
- 33-0000: Protective Service Occupations
- 39-9011: Childcare Workers
- 45-0000: Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
- 51-9080: Dental and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians and Medical Appliance Technicians Occupations
- 53-3010: Ambulance Drivers and Attendants
If an occupation does not fall into one of these SOC codes, RA Program Coordinator will consult with the U.S. Department of Labor/ Office of Apprenticeship (U.S. DOL/OA) to determine if an occupation may be eligible for benefits.
Industries Affected by COVID-19
- Industries must experience 15% of Pandemic Related Unemployment Initial Claims as it relates to 2019 Covered Employment for the month prior to the application.
- Example: September 30, 2020: Manufacturing
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If Company A has a Registered Apprenticeship Program in the Manufacturing sector and applied for benefits in August, then this company would be eligible for this funding.
The above industry information will be updated monthly by the Labor Market Information Division and is available via the links below.
- The program and the apprentice must be registered with the U.S. DOL/OA before applying for the incentive
- The incentive is $1,500 per Registered Apprentice
- Registered Apprentices must start their program after July 1, 2020 to be eligible for the award
- If an industry is applying under the industry affected by COVID-19 program, the industry must be on the approved industry list the month prior to the registration of the participant. This is a rolling application process and the program is completed once the funds are expended
- Attach a copy of the Registered Apprentice's ETA Form 671 to the application to confirm hiring of the Registered Apprentice
- Iowa Workforce Development will confirm with U.S. DOL/OA the Registered Apprentice is officially registered in RAPIDS prior to the business receiving a contract for the funding
- Funds cannot be used to cover expenses that were also submitted to any other government agency for reimbursement
- Only Registered Apprenticeship Sponsors in Iowa are eligible to apply for this funding
- The funding is available from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023 unless the funds are depleted earlier
- The construction industry is limited to 100 incentive payments under this program
Use of Incentives
The incentives may be used to reimburse the following items:
- Related Training Instruction (RTI) for the Registered Apprentice
- Salary of RTI instructors, if training is provided in-house
- Support for On-the-Job Training (OJT) to reimburse employers up to 50% of the Registered Apprentice wage or mentor’s wage
- Supportive Services, which may include but not limited to:
- Dependent care
- Housing and needs-related payments that are necessary to enable an individual to participate in a RA Program
- Tools related to the OJT component of the RA Program
The business incentive will be reimbursed to the party who paid the initial costs of the allowable expense. Business and Registered Apprentices must follow the application process.