For Immediate Release - August 12, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Strengthens Apprenticeship Training Programs Across The Commonwealth

DEVENS - Thursday, August 12, 2010 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray joined Joanne F. Goldstein, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development at the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) annual meeting yesterday in Devens. As part of the meeting agenda to discuss planning of the upcoming school year, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) announced an Articulation Agreement between their Division of Apprenticeship Training (DAT), MAVA, and apprenticeship 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.

For information regarding apprenticeship programs across the Commonwealth, please visit the Division of Apprenticeship Training page at the EOLWD web site.