Patrick-Murray Administration Strengthens Apprenticeship Training Programs Across The Commonwealth
Following remarks and discussion led by Lt. Governor Murray, Secretary Goldstein and representatives from the Carpenters, Laborers, and Sheet Metal Workers signed the Articulation Agreement.
"The agreement aims to promote a seamless transition between registered apprenticeship programs and eligible graduates of state-approved Vocational High Schools, allowing for recruits to receive the skills and training they need to successfully enter the workforce," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.
To be considered for the program, a student must have fulfilled the state MCAS requirement, have graduated from a Chapter-74 approved vocational education program, and must be committed to continuing the apprenticeship career path. Additional credit will be issued to students who are punctual, have a demonstrated attendance rate of 90% or better, show a proficiency of relevant skills, and have a recommendation from an instructor pertinent to their training.
"Across the Commonwealth, we want to ensure that apprentices are laboring in safe working environments, are paid correctly, and are receiving both on-the-job training as well as related education classes," said Secretary Goldstein. "This agreement will permit any graduating student who meets the admission requirements to readily advance into a first year apprenticeship."
MAVA is a professional association of educational leaders working in Massachusetts' schools. They administer career and technical programs with a focus on experiential learning, preparing students to compete in a global economy.