The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the  launch of a new digital platform, Apprenticeship.gov. While there had been a similar resource previously, the new and improved portal features an Apprenticeship Finder tool intended to offer  career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state and occupation, as well as to connect job seekers to high-skilled, high-paying careers.

The Apprenticeship Finder is free for both employees and those seeking apprenticeships, and has the potential to be a really useful resource.  However, the tool limited by the availability of  listings in any given area that are in the  National Labor Exchange (NLx)  – if sponsors don’t list their apprenticeships, they can’t be found.  Only 29 listings show up within 25 miles of Tampa, at the time of this writing, and better results are obtained by not narrowing the search down by any particular criteria – just leaving the key words box empty.

The tool was only formally launched at the end of August though, so hopefully more people will add their programs.  Apprenticeship sponsors can add their job listings to NLx no cost, so they can be included in the Apprenticeship Finder tool. Click here to learn how to add yours.

There are a lot of other resources under development at the site, including a section for Educators , in addition to Employers and a general FAQ..  So while this resource is still in its infancy, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on and employers and apprenticeship sponsors would only benefit themselves by listing their programs and opportunities.

The Apprenticeship Finder has been added to our Resources page.