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More than $2.6 million to expand apprenticeships in New York

Staff Writer |
Six training providers have been awarded funding as part of the nation’s first state-sponsored Empire State Pre-Apprenticeship Program.




The providers will create a pathway to apprenticeship for at-risk young women and men, providing the skill base needed to enter into full apprenticeship.

The program is targeted to serve young people out-of-school and living in poverty, ages 18-24.

Pre-Apprenticeship offers participants necessary training and exposure to trades, including construction and manufacturing, as well as direct access to positions in registered apprenticeship programs.

The awarded training providers will work with non-profits, community based organizations and other recruitment sources to reach individuals who will benefit from the program.

Once a pre-apprentice has graduated into a registered apprenticeship program, they will be connected to a state-funded project, leveraging contracts, including the LaGuardia Airport and Penn Station redevelopments, to get young people involved with and invested in building their communities.

Additionally, the Governor announced the New York State Department of Labor has been awarded an ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant of $1.5 million, in addition to a recent $200,000 Accelerator Grant awarded by ApprenticeshipUSA in June.

These funds will increase the Department of Labor’s ability to work with Regional Economic Development Councils to identify industries in need of skilled workers and connect with employers to establish new Registered Apprenticeship Programs.

The programs combine classroom instruction with paid, on-the-job training, allowing participants to earn decent wages that increase as they gain experience.


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