NNSA provides funding for new apprenticeship programs

July 24, 2023, 7:00AMNuclear News

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced on July 20 that it has awarded two organizations—Hardinge Inc. and the Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Local 412—five-year grants totaling $2.17 million. The funds will be used to develop and strengthen apprenticeship training programs aligned with the NNSA’s needs for technician positions throughout its laboratories, plants, and sites.

The selections were made after reviewing grant applications submitted in response to the funding opportunity announcement, according to the NNSA.

The organizations: Hardinge, located in Elmira, N.Y., will receive $978,053 for the project Level Up @ Hardinge, which will recruit and train apprentices in advanced manufacturing for workforces at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories as well as the Kansas City National Security Campus and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

The Albuquerque, N.M.–based Journeyman and Apprentices Association will receive $1,194,460 for the project New Mexico National Labs Apprenticeship Partnership. The partnership will train HVAC/R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration) technicians for Sandia National Laboratories and pipefitters for LANL.

Funding source: These awards are granted under the new DOE National Laboratory Jobs ACCESS–Apprenticeships for Complete and Committed Employment for Specialized Skills–Program. ACCESS is an NNSA-sponsored program that supports apprenticeships designed to bring specialized skills vital to the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE). The program focuses on skills development in the technician and skilled craft trades to meet ongoing and emerging needs at the national labs, plants, and sites.

“Across the NSE, we see a need for a greater number of skilled trade workers. Training in these areas is increasingly limited; therefore, the ACCESS program is working to develop training programs to fill the gaps,” said Kevin Greenaugh, chief science and technology officer in the NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs.

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