Apprenticeship Advantage Program

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Harris County, Texas, TX

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About the Program

Category: Community and Economic Development (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

Harris County’s Apprenticeship Advantage Program (AAP) is an investment of $10.9M to create living wage jobs and address inequality resulting from and exacerbated by the COVID-19 public emergency. The AAP will expand the number of industries offering apprenticeship programs. In addition, AAP increases the number of slots that existing apprenticeship can support. This program will lead to newly registered apprenticeship programs with the Department of Labor based in Harris County, Texas. The AAP will allow over 1,600 residents to enroll in apprenticeships programs with trades that include the construction, public transportation, technology and live entertainment industries. The goal of these investments is to enhance the skills of the local workforce and meet the region’s labor demands to ensure the resilience of Harris County.