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Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Salt Lake County is growing at record rates, creating high demand for workers in construction and building trades (CBT).

The County aims to meet industry need and support the economic mobility of its residents by creating a high-quality pre-apprenticeship program to support individuals’ attainment and successful completion of apprenticeships in construction and building trades.

The pre-apprenticeship program will cover academic remediation, professional skills, and CBT career exploration, while providing wraparound support services to remove barriers to enrollment and completion in both pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.



Please read the Request of Applications carefully. After reading the Request for Applications, please download the Pre-Apprenticeship Program Application and the Budget & Staffing Template.

Request for Applications

Submission Requirements

Letter of Intent

Application Submission

The Application and Budget & Staffing Template must be completed to apply. The link to submit the Application and Budget & Staffing Template will go live after the Letter of Intent feedback is provided on March 20, 2023.


First Informational Webinar: See recording and slides below.

March 15, 2023 at 9 AM MST

Letter of Intent: Letters of Intent are encouraged but not required.

March 20, 2023 at 5 PM MST


Second Informational Webinar: Register Here

April 4, 2023 at 10 AM MST

Last Day to Email Questions

April 12, 2023 at 5 PM MST

Applications Due

April 14, 2023 at 5 PM MST

Pre-Apprenticeship Webinar #1

Pre-Apprenticeship RFA


Meredith Muller, Workforce Development Manager

Phone: 385-468-4902



Is the Letter of Intent required?

No. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is encouraged so the County can provide feedback. An applicant may still apply with or without an LOI or after the LOI is due. The County does not guarantee feedback on LOIs submitted after the deadline. Please note that the LOI is for the County to provide initial feedback on program design. Programs DO NOT have to be finalized to submit an LOI.

Do I need to provide all the program components?

All program components must be provided. This includes wrap-around services, academic and employability skills, and career training and exposure. We do not expect one provider to provide all three program components. We encourage applicants to develop a Coalition of service providers to provide all three program components.

How long is the program?

This pre-apprenticeship program must be a minimum of six-weeks. The applicant must provide details about the length of the pre-apprenticeship program in Section A of the application. Programs are expected to start July 2023. Funding for programs can continue through 2026.

Can the funds be passed through the awarded organization to an organization outside of Salt Lake County?

Yes, as long as the organization serves Salt Lake County residents in Salt Lake County.

Do Coalition partners have to be selected when the application is submitted?

Yes, the County expects the applicant to submit Letters of Commitment from each proposed Coalition member. Coalition members may be added or removed throughout the duration of the program with County permission due to reasons including but not limited to: performance, compliance, additional needed services, and change of scope.

What if the applicant doesn’t meet the enrollment and completion goals discussed in the webinar?

Terms and conditions of meeting KPIs will be discussed with the awarded applicant during contractual negotiations.

Does the $2000 cap listed in the Emergency Fund category include the stipends as well, or is there a separate cap for the stipends?

The $2,000 cap listed in the emergency fund category does not include program stipends. In our research, we saw other programs offer weekly stipends between $200-$250. 

Can tuition be included as a program cost? If so, would it be a separate budget item, or is it something you would anticipate being included in the Completion Award expense line?

We consider tuition to be a program cost and can be listed under the “Other” category in the budget template. This makes sense if reduced- or no-cost tuition will be offered to all pre-apprenticeship participants. An applicant may want to include tuition as a completion award if any of the tuition costs will be covered only upon successful completion of the pre-apprenticeship program.

Is there a limit to the Completion award amount per participant?

There is not a limit to the completion award amount.