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The Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards has existed since 1945. Since then, we have registered over 50,000 apprentices. Currently we have a little over 5000 active apprentices registered. There are two components to ensuring the pre-apprentice program works.
First, registered apprentice programs with five or more apprentices need to include women and minorities as part of their Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action plans. There are also Responsible Employer Ordinances (REO's) in Massachusetts. Contractors must associate with a joint or non-joint registered apprentice program as a condition of submitting a responsive bid on selected public works project. The point is to better include women and minorities.
Another part of the pre-apprentice program is the expectation that participants will become apprentices after graduation. To become apprentices they will need access to jobs from registered apprentice programs. In the past, lack of coordination led to pre-apprentice graduates that weren't ready to enter the apprentice program. Because of this disconnect we find that there needs to be a registered pre-apprentice program part of the apprentice career track.
As an example, the registered pre-apprentice model is being utilized by the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). They will be using it to introduce residents of the BHA onto multiple projects they are managing. Their partners are the Boston Building Trades Unions and their apprentice programs. They will partner to run an eight week registered pre-apprentice program which will be part of an overall nine month evaluation and support program.
he Links below include the documents necessary to apply for a registered pre-apprenticeship program.
Pre-Apprentice Sponsor Application Package
Sample Memorandum of Agreement
Registered Pre-Apprentice Programs
Fillable Pre-Apprentice Graduate Data Sheet