Labor Department providing apprenticeship investment funds

The U.S. Labor Department is putting money into a program to help businesses and organizations train their apprentices.

PIERRE, S.D. — Registered apprenticeship are a proven model of job preparation that combines paid on the job learning with technical instruction.


Apprenticeships create entry level workers into experts. They have been active in South Dakota for a long time and have increased throughout time.

Popular apprenticeships occupations in South Dakota include, construction, journeyman, welder, and mechanic to name a few. They can take anywhere from one to six years to accomplish. You must be 16 years or older to participate.


Many businesses incorporate an apprenticeship program because of the value of their bottom line. Apprenticeships are a opportunity for young people looking for a career path or someone looking to change career paths.

Apprenticeship is really a job with an education, by the end you are making a good wage and become an expert with a national credential in an industry.

Tara Bartekoske, a Program Specialist with the Department of Labor, says, “When you have an apprenticeship program, they are trained to meet your company’s needs from day one so you are getting this really highly skilled person who knows your culture, who knows you industry and really apprenticeships. They are a proven model…researchers said that 94% apprentices really stay with their employer.”


The Department of Labor and Regulation is providing $270,000 in investment funding to help businesses and organizations train new apprentices in registered apprenticeship programs (RAP) in South Dakota. Businesses may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 for each new apprentice.

The federal investment will build upon existing partnerships, by emphasizing work-based training that meets the needs of existing and emerging industries and workers.

Funding was made available from the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship USA State Expansion Grant. It will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis from Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, unless the funds are depleted earlier.

For more information on investment funding requirements and developing new apprenticeships, visit

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