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The New York State Department Of Labor & SUNY Announce ‘First Of Its Kind’ Craft Brewer/Distiller Registered Apprenticeship Program

Published Monday, December 20, 2021
by The NYS Department of Labor
The New York State Department Of Labor & SUNY Announce ‘First Of Its Kind’ Craft Brewer/Distiller Registered Apprenticeship Program

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – After recently marking National Apprenticeship Week with a series of events across New York State to highlight the importance of Apprenticeships as a proven pathway to high-paying, in-demand careers and as a vital tool for businesses to bolster their workforce without impacting production, New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) Commissioner Reardon announced a new Registered Apprenticeship Program for craft brewing and distilling - the first Apprenticeship Program of its kind in the state.

“I am so pleased to welcome Frog Alley Brewing and Albany Distilling Company into the Registered Apprenticeship family,” Commissioner Reardon said.  “Great Tradesmen and Women aren’t born, they are trained.  This program is designed to meet the growing demand of the craft brewing and distilling industry in New York State.  It’s a win-win for everyone.  Apprenticeships empower New Yorkers with the ability to earn while they learn and employers receive highly skilled additions to their workforce who are trained to directly address the needs of their business.”

The strength of New York’s Apprenticeship Programs is a direct result of partners in government, business, education, Organized Labor and training partners - working together, she added.

In making the announcement, Reardon was joined by: State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Dr. Jim Malatras; President of SUNY Schenectady, Dr. Steady Moono; President and Founder of Frog Alley Brewing, J.T. Pollard; Master Brewer at Frog Alley Brewing, Rich Michaels; Founder and CEO of the Albany Distilling Company, John Curtin; and the President and CEO at Center for Economic Growth, Mark Eagan - for the signing of the signatory agreement solidifying the new Apprenticeship Program.

The Center for Economic Growth will provide sponsorship for the program.

Frog Alley Brewing and Albany Distilling Company will provide on-the-job training and SUNY Schenectady will provide related classroom instruction.

The Brewer/Distiller Registered Apprenticeship Program is a 20-month program with over 3,000 required hours of training, which includes a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction/coursework.

New York State has one of the largest Apprenticeship Programs in the country.

There are currently 18,386 Registered Apprentices being trained in various Skilled Trades in 975 programs that are powered by 639 sponsors across New York State.

And employer-participation in Apprenticeships continues to grow, with 33 new programs and 93 new employers in the last year alone, the NYSDOL added.

Apprenticeships offer a critical pathway for New Yorkers to access quality job opportunities through hands-on learning and direct work experience in both the Construction and Non-Construction Trades.

Apprenticeships also provide the pathway to a family-sustaining wage and benefits, and quality training throughout one’s career, the NYSDOL said.

And Apprentices receive intensive, hands-on training to learn the skills they need to succeed on the job, while still collecting a paycheck to support themselves and their families.

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