The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has awarded four contracts for $50,000 each for the Pathway Partnership Initiative. The goal is to build high-quality youth apprenticeship programs. 

Recipients and programs include Associated General Contractors for construction; Huron Regional Medical Center for healthcare; Lake Area Technical Institute for agriculture, construction, manufacturing and healthcare; and Western Dakota Technical Institute for construction and healthcare.

“Awardees will receive technical assistance from DLR and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship to create new programs,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Hultman. “To accelerate this work, a cohort approach will be used to develop activities.” 

Proposals had to demonstrate leadership and partnership between employers, secondary and post-secondary education institutions, government bodies and community partners. Outcomes must meet local economic needs and produce equitable outcomes for students, employers and communities.  

“Youth apprenticeships help young people gain the foundational skills, experience and credentials to thrive in a rapidly changing economy,” said Secretary Hultman. “Preparing students to be the next generation of workers is vitally important.”

To become an employer sponsor in the Registered Apprenticeship program in South Dakota, build a qualified workforce and reduce turnover, visit