Under the AOA, the state will create a federally recognized state apprenticeship credential, equal to that of the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s. The AOA will support both industry-based apprenticeships and traditional Registered Apprenticeships.
The AOA will have the capability to certify independent apprenticeship programs as eligible training providers, which will allow many participants to utilize Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act federal funding for training. Registered Apprenticeships already use WIOA dollars and realize state incentives.
In addition, the Apprenticeship Alabama Tax Credit was recently expanded to provide a $500 additional tax credit for hiring in-school youth apprentices, and the base tax credit for all apprentices will increase to $1,250 from $1,000. The cap on the number of apprentices an employer may claim against the credit was increased from five to 10.