The American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) of WNY is an employer-driven United States Department of Labor (USDOL) workforce development grant for Advanced Manufacturers in WNY.  


The American Apprenticeship Initiative offers companies:

  • Tuition reimbursement for apprentices’ classroom training
  • Additional leveraged funds for tools and materials for apprentices
  • Technical support to assist employers in achieving their workforce development goals

The American Apprenticeship Initiative offers employees:

  • Career advancement opportunities paired with wage increases
  • Nationally recognized credentials
  • Personalized access to support services for apprentices


Occupations are determined by employer need. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrician
  • Welder
  • CNC Machinist
  • Millwright
  • Machine Repair
  • Tool Maker
  • Drafter

AAI Staff:

Holly Hutchinson, Project Director

(716) 887-2615

[email protected]


Catherine Muth, Workforce Development Specialist 

(716) 887- 2706

[email protected]


Minesh Patel, Resource Coordinator

[email protected]


Meghan Hardy, Project Support Specialist

[email protected]