Start Today SD Incentive

Expanding apprenticeships in South Dakota.

April 30, 2019

17 New Registered Apprenticeship Programs Approved

Organization | Occupation 

  • Aberdeen Fire & Rescue | Paramedic 
  • Applied Engineering | Machinist
  • Bear Butte Gardens | Diversified Organic Vegetable Farm Manager
  • Dynamic Engineering | Machinist
  • Howe Inc. | HVAC
  • Huron Regional Medical Center | LPN
  • Independent Health Solutions | Home Health Aide
  • Lake Area Technical Institute | Welder 
  • LemmonMade, Inc. | All Around Butcher
  • LIV Hospitality | Lodge Manager
  • Midstates Group | Web Press Operator
  • Paramedics Plus | Paramedic 
  • Regional Technical Education Center | Industrial Maintenance Technician 
  • Scott Peterson Motors | Master Certified Automotive Technician 
  • Select Construction | Carpenter 
  • Sturgis Brewing Company | Professional Brewer
  • Yankton EMS | Paramedic 

Businesses receiving incentive funding last November to expand the number of pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships in South Dakota are showing progress.

The U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship has signed the standards for 17 new programs. Upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program, the apprentice receives an industry-issued, nationally recognized credential certifying occupational proficiency.

“Apprenticeships give students the chance to step outside the classroom and put knowledge to work,” said Gov. Kristi Noem. “I’m thrilled to see South Dakota businesses expanding opportunities that bolster workforce needs and expose young people to in-demand jobs.”

“A Registered Apprenticeship provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from an assigned mentor,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “Apprenticeships are a great way for businesses to build a quality workforce with the exact skills they need.”

Despite myths apprenticeships are only in the trades occupations, opportunities are available in thousands of industries – from construction and commercial trades to healthcare and service industries. Nationally, there is a network of over 150,000 employers in more than 1,000 occupations.

“It’s great to see a variety of programs come together so quickly that will provide South Dakotans new opportunities,” said Secretary Hultman. “These employers have stepped up to provide their own innovative solutions to their workforce needs.”

Industry associations, higher-education institutions, organizations and other workforce intermediaries can be Registered Apprenticeship sponsors. A business can be a sponsor and manage all aspects the program, or partner with an established sponsor. For every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers receive approximately $1.47 return on investment.

Nov. 14, 2018

Labor Department Provides Businesses $510,000 to Expand Apprenticeships

The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has provided $510,000 in incentive funding to help businesses expand the number of pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships in South Dakota.

The announcement was made at the Start Today SD Summit held at Mitchell Technical Institute on Nov. 13, 2018. Businesses could apply for up to a maximum of $30,000 in funding to help offset the initial start-up costs when developing a new program.

"Registered Apprenticeships are a great way for businesses to build a quality workforce with the exact skills they need to fill their openings," said state DLR Secretary Marcia Hultman. "Through this incentive funding, we intend to add 200 active apprentices by the fall of 2020."

Incentive funding recipients for pre-apprenticeships:

  • Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, Aberdeen, Healthcare, $10,000
  • Huron Regional Medical Center, Huron, Healthcare, $10,000
  • Northeast Technical High School, Watertown Area, Advanced Manufacturing, $10,000
  • Paramedics Logistics SD LLC, Sioux Falls, Healthcare, $10,000
  • RTEC Inc., Yankton, Advanced Manufacturing, $10,000
  • Yankton County EMS, Yankton, Healthcare, $10,000

Incentive funding recipients for Registered Apprenticeships:

  • Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, Aberdeen, Healthcare, $20,000
  • Applied Engineering Inc., Yankton, Advanced Manufacturing, $26,000
  • Bear Butte Gardens, Sturgis, Agriculture, $28,000
  • Dynamic Engineering, Watertown, Advanced Manufacturing, $30,000
  • Howe Inc., Sioux Falls, Construction/Building Trades, $14,000
  • Huron Regional Medical Center, Huron, Healthcare, $30,000
  • Independent Health Solutions LLC, Huron, Healthcare, $28,000
  • Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, Advanced Manufacturing, $20,000
  • LemmonMade Inc., Lemmon, Agriculture, $26,000
  • Liv Hospitality, Black Hills Area, Hospitality, $28,000
  • Midstates Inc., Aberdeen, Service and Repair, $30,000
  • Paramedics Logistics SD LLC, Sioux Falls, Healthcare, $20,000
  • RTEC Inc., Yankton, Advanced Manufacturing, $30,000
  • Scott Peterson Motors, Belle Fourche, Service and Repair, $26,000
  • Select Construction Inc., Rapid City, Construction/Building Trades, $28,000
  • Sturgis Brewery Company, Sturgis, Agriculture, $26,000
  • Yankton County EMS, Yankton, Healthcare, $20,000

Programs designed to increase engagement for under-represented populations such as females, Native Americans, limited-English proficient individuals, youth ages 16 to 24 and individuals with disabilities was also given priority.

DLR was recently awarded an $847,700 State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s ApprenticeshipUSA program. Start Today SD Summit Photos.