Governor Maura Healey and Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll unveil a $5 million initiative to foster 1,000 new apprenticeships in Massachusetts.
Empowering the Workforce: A $5 Million Apprenticeship Initiative
February 13, 2024 - In a significant move to bolster employment opportunities and address workforce challenges, the Healey-Driscoll Administration has announced an ambitious plan to fund 1,000 new apprenticeships across Massachusetts. The initiative, backed by $5 million in Apprenticeship Expansion and Opportunity Grants, aims to create more equitable career prospects and empower jobseekers with hands-on training and hard skills for long-lasting careers.
Training Tomorrow's Talent Today
Twenty-five organizations, including Boston's IBEW Local 103 and MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board, will benefit from these grants. They will train individuals in high-growth industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, clean energy, and early childhood education. Apprenticeships in these fields will provide paid work experience, classroom instruction, and on-the-job training, ultimately leading to nationally recognized credentials.
Registered Apprenticeship: A Powerful Workforce Development Model
Governor Healey emphasized the importance of Registered Apprenticeship as a potent workforce development model, stating that it "provides individuals with paid work experience, classroom instruction, and on-the-job training to gain nationally recognized credentials." Lt. Governor Driscoll echoed this sentiment, highlighting the grants' potential to create more equitable career pathways and address workforce challenges.
By combining state and federal funding, the Healey-Driscoll Administration seeks to expand and diversify apprenticeships across the commonwealth, making them more accessible to underrepresented populations. This initiative is a testament to the administration's commitment to fostering a skilled and inclusive workforce, ready to meet the demands of tomorrow.
- The Healey-Driscoll Administration announces $5 million in grants for apprenticeships
- 25 organizations will receive funding to train 1,000 new apprentices
- Programs focus on high-growth industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, and clean energy
- Initiative aims to create more equitable career opportunities and address workforce challenges