Riverside County Workforce Development has received a $1.8 million state grant that it will use to develop apprenticeship programs in five industries: IT and cybersecurity, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation logistics, and the public sector.
The three-year grant, arranged by the California Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Apprenticeship Standards, will train more than 380 students, according to a statement on the county’s website.
Each industry is an important part of the Inland economy. Riverside County is one of six entities in the state to receive the funding.
“Apprenticeship programs are breaking new ground in multiple industries in California and there is no better place to make this happen than in the Inland Empire,” said Patrick Ellis, chair of the workforce development board, in the statement. “We are pleased to have been selected to expand apprenticeships that will provide training and high-paying job opportunities for our region.”
The funding originated with the U.S. Department of Labor, which set aside $7.3 million to expand apprenticeship programs in California’s underserved communities, according to the statement.