According to Ross, the Department of Labor has $100 million in funding available for about 30 apprenticeship grants. These will go to public/private partnerships to develop new apprenticeship models and expand existing apprenticeship programs.
In his address to the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, Ross said: "The funding source is the fees companies pay to hire foreign workers under the H-1B visa program. These fees are then provided as grants for training American workers in the occupations for which employers are hiring H-1B workers, such as IT jobs."
The Department of Labor is expanding its apprenticeship programs to include cybersecurity and artificial intelligence since every sector of the economy requires workers with these skill sets, he added.