Apprenticeship Innovation Funding

The Apprenticeship Innovation Funding (AIF) is a new funding source in the state of California as of July 1, 2022 for new and innovative apprenticeship programs, defined as apprenticeships associated with the Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships (IACA). The AIF aims to support industry-led, sector and/or regionally-based, multiple employer IACA apprenticeship programs. 

The State has allocated $175 million over 3 years to support ongoing costs of these programs and classroom training, with $55 Million specifically allocated to FY 2022-2023. The intent of the funding is to support both new and existing IACA Apprenticeship programs to grow and scale to meet the needs of more employers and create more earn and learn pathways for job seekers.

Funding Amounts

Apprenticeship Innovation Funding – Support (AIF-S)

    • The AIF-S covers the cost of running an apprenticeship program, aggregating employer demands, and recruiting, supporting, and placing apprentices.
    • Draft Amount: $3500 per active apprentice per year, prorated to the month, along with $1000 per apprentice completion bonus.

Apprenticeship Innovation Funding – Training (AIF-T)

    • The AIF-T allows for new training programs to develop in a more agile manner and will specifically be used for training costs for IACA Apprentices.
    • Amount: $8.82 per training hour per apprentice.

Next Steps

For more information about AIF amounts, eligibility, application process and guidance please read this DRAFT document:

The above guidance is open for public comment. If you have comments or questions please email by November 30, 2022.

DAS is interested in hearing from our community regarding these guidelines. They are currently open for public comment, which will conclude on November 30, 2022. While we will not be able to answer individual questions, we very much want to hear your questions and comments. Your input will help us in making this guidance as thorough and helpful as possible.

DAS will aim to finalize this guidance and open applications in early 2023.


October 2022