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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Invests More Than $3.3 Million in Grants to Train 724 new Apprentices in Construction and Expansion Industries

For immediate release:
11/15/2022
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Division of Apprentice Standards

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Invests More Than $3.3 Million in Grants to Train 724 new Apprentices in Construction and Expansion Industries

Michele Campbell, Director of Communications

Secretary Acosta Speaking at National Apprenticeship Week Event

Boston, MAPhoto caption: Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta announcing new grants at “Your Future Talent Today: A National Apprenticeship Week Celebration” held at Accenture in Boston.

November 15, 2022 - Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta and members of the Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) kicked off National Apprenticeship Week (November 14-20) by announcing over $3.3 million in new grants that will train 724 apprentices in construction and expansion industries. This investment is part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to support expanded apprenticeship programs across the Commonwealth to meet critical workforce training needs and boost employment opportunities for residents.  

The announcement was part of a DAS and Massachusetts Apprentice Network event, “Your Future Talent Today: A National Apprenticeship Week Celebration” held at Accenture in Boston, featuring a speaking program with Secretary Acosta, Pallavi Verma of Accenture, Jim Rooney of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Lauren Jones of Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and Sunny Schwartz of MassBioEd.

“I want to thank the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for collaborating with Accenture to help launch the Massachusetts Apprentice Network,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “The Network is building a community of employers that have growing programs, and also engaging with companies looking to create and implement an apprentice program. We need employers at the table for apprenticeships to be successful, so the efforts of the Network are incredibly important.”

“By creating the Massachusetts Apprentice Network, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is responding to workforce challenges with the power of transformative apprenticeships. Moving from a job to a life-altering career is empowering for individuals, families, and communities, especially underrepresented and diverse workers. Apprenticeships are the important investments in our talent that are critical to helping employers with hiring needs, closing the racial and gender wealth gaps, and heightening our region’s competitiveness,” said James E. Rooney, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

A panel of employees from South Shore Bank and Accenture that successfully completed apprenticeship programs, and a current biotech apprentice soon to begin on-the-job training at Pfizer.
Pallavi Verma of Accenture (far left) moderates a panel featuring three (3) individuals who share their apprentice journey and perspective during “Your Future Talent Today: A National Apprenticeship Week Celebration” held at Accenture in Boston.

At the event, Verma also moderated a panel of employees from South Shore Bank and Accenture that successfully completed apprenticeship programs, and a current biotech apprentice soon to begin on-the-job training at Pfizer.

“There is no shortage of incredible talent in Boston, and we’re excited to further advance our commitment to building an inclusive workforce that represents the communities where we work and live,” said Pallavi Verma, Senior Office Managing Director of Accenture Boston.

Acosta also presented to Verma, Rooney, and Jones a proclamation each signed by Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, and Secretary of the Commonwealth Galvin proclaiming the week of November 14th to be National Apprenticeship Week.

“As we recognize National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate employers who are leveraging this creative hiring strategy and the rising talent now able to pursue career opportunities in high growth industries such as tech, healthcare, biotech, financial services, and more,” said Lauren Jones, Executive Vice President of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. “As partners in the Massachusetts Apprentice Network, we will continue to build this collaborative community of employers, training providers, and talent sources to join in championing apprenticeship across the Commonwealth.”  

The Commonwealth currently has more than 800 apprenticeship programs and over 11,000 apprentices working while learning at more than 1,200 businesses. This includes not only construction and the trades, but also healthcare, education, and life sciences, as well as advanced manufacturing, technology, transportation, hospitality, government, and financial services. 

“I like to call apprenticeships the great equalizer, because they offer opportunity and access to the unemployed and underemployed to learn and earn at the same time, resulting in stable career pathways in high-demand, high-paying industries,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “These programs are a win-win because they help businesses find and develop the talent they so desperately need, while providing transformative opportunities for underrepresented individuals.”

“I’d like to congratulate all of the grant recipients,” said Director of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning Patrick Mitchell. “This latest round of grants includes impactful programming in advanced manufacturing, behavioral health, construction, early education and care, hospitality, healthcare, life sciences, maritime, and technology, while also supporting pre-apprenticeship, programs for individuals with disabilities, and diversity and inclusion efforts.”

The following are grant recipients for FY 2023:

  • Advocates for Human Potential - $224,615 for Expansion-Related Technical Instruction 
     
  • Aimtek - $85,000 for Expansion-Related Technical Instruction 
     
  • Apprenti/WTIA - $140,000 for Expansion-Related Technical Instruction  
     
  • Associated Building Contractors of Massachusetts - $69,984 for Construction Diversity-Related Technical Instruction and $25,000 for Diversity Consulting    
     
  • A-Tech Turbine - $70,000 for Expansion-Related Technical Instruction 
     
  • Blackstone Valley Education Hub - $25,000 for Expansion-Related Technical Instruction  
     
  • Building Pathways Boston - $62,628 for Diversity Consulting 
     
  • Bunker Hill Community College - $250,000 for Sector Operator Training 
     
  • Family Services of Central Massachusetts - $145,000 for Expansion-Related Technical Instruction 
     
  • Future Hope Apprenticeship and Recovery Program - $74,274 for Pre-Apprenticeship Training 
     
  • Greater New Bedford Workforce Board - $100,000 for Sector Hub Business Development and $85,000 for Related Technical Instruction    
     
  • Hampden County Workforce Board - $109,411 for Expansion-Related Technical Instruction 
      
  • MassBioEd - $150,000 for Expansion-Related Technical Instruction  
       
  • Merrimack Valley Workforce Board - $75,000 for Apprentice Placement and $112,000 for Sector Hub Business Development    
     
  • Metro North Regional Employment Board - $200,000 for Expansion-Related Technical Instruction   
     
  • Neighborhood Villages - $55,000 for Sector Operator Training   
     
  • North Shore Workforce Board - $250,000 for Manufacturing Intermediary Training 
     
  • Pipefitters Local 537 - $100,000 for Construction Diversity-Related Technical Instruction  
     
  • Quinsigamond Community College - $100,000 for Sector Hub Business Development    
     
  • South Shore Hospital - $250,000 for Sector Operator Training    
     
  • Third Sector Capital Partners - $220,000 for Diversity Consulting    
     
  • UMass Boston Institute for Community Inclusion - $125,000 for Disability Services 
     
  • YMCA of Greater Boston - $225,000 for Expansion-Related Technical Instruction   

For more information on the Commonwealth’s apprenticeship programs, visit the Division of Apprenticeship Standards.
 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Invests More Than $3.3 Million in Grants to Train 724 new Apprentices in Construction and Expansion Industries

Division of Apprentice Standards 

The Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) is responsible for promoting, developing, and servicing registered apprenticeship programs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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