U.S. Department of Labor Selects Equus Workforce Solutions Apprenticeship Expansion

Making News / November 12, 2020

BrightSpring’s workforce division, Equus Workforce Solutions, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor as an Industry Intermediary to launch, promote, and expand multi-employer Registered Apprenticeship models in the Healthcare and Health Information Technology (IT) industry.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded approximately $22 million in contract investments to 12 Industry Intermediaries to continue the Department’s efforts to expand the number of apprenticeship opportunities in growing sectors across the country. This effort will further Registered Apprenticeship expansion strategies in high growth industries, including information technology (IT), cybersecurity, telecommunications and 5G advanced manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare and health IT, transportation and logistics, and energy.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Industry Intermediaries continue to serve as a conduit between employers and other industry partners and the Department’s Office of Apprenticeship to accelerate apprenticeship program development and help create new sector-based apprenticeship partnerships at the regional and national level. Industry Intermediaries usually specialize in a specific sector, but some may possess expertise that cuts across more than one market.

Equus National Workforce Solutions Director Michelle Day said, “Our organization is uniquely positioned to convene employers within an industry or sub-sector to determine skill needs and workforce trends and work with employers on a regional and national level to develop apprenticeship programs with the goal of increasing the number of apprenticeship opportunities.”

Equus will work with employers and industry groups to develop new apprentices beginning in markets such as Charlotte, North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Louisville, Kentucky; and Chicago, Illinois.

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