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Governor Janet Mills Announces $12.3 Million Expansion Of Statewide Apprenticeship Programs - Maine AFL-CIO One Of 14 Organization That Receives Funding

Published Sunday, June 5, 2022
by Christopher Wheelock/The Sun Journal
Governor Janet Mills Announces $12.3 Million Expansion Of Statewide Apprenticeship Programs - Maine AFL-CIO One Of 14 Organization That Receives Funding

(LEWISTON, MAINE) - Governor Janet Mills has announced $12.3 million in grants to 14 organizations, including the Maine AFL-CIO, to expand Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs across the State of Maine.

Mills said the funding comes primarily from the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan, with additional funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The money is expected to more than double the number of Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship slots in the State to 3,000.

Mills called the programs a “win-win” for the State.

“They’re a win for our Working People, they’re a win for employers, they’re a win for our economy,” she said.

Apprenticeship Programs offer young adults the opportunity to learn a skill or trade through paid, on-the-job training - combined with classroom instruction in areas, including health care, construction, plumbing, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, welding, shipbuilding and marine, and engineering.

“Apprentices in Maine, who completed their program in the last two years increased their wages, on average, by nearly forty-percent - even during the height of the pandemic,” Mills said.

She added that 94% of Apprentices stayed with the employer who sponsored them after graduating.

The Maine AFL-CIO pointed out that at the end of an Apprenticeship, individuals have little or no debt, they earn a degree or certification and have a good-paying job.

The funding is also expected to add 150 new employer sponsors, more than doubling the number in existence.

The 14 organizations awarded funds will partner with the Maine Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Program to expand or develop new Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs.

One such expansion is the addition of the State’s first roofing and Siding Apprenticeship, which will be established and run by Industrial Roofing Company that is based in Lewiston.

Other new areas of training include hospitality and culinary arts and health care.

The 14 organizations awarded grants are:

The Maine AFL-CIO: In partnership with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1253 in Newport, the New England Laborers Training Academy, the Maine Building and Construction Trades Council and Regional School Unit 19 in Newport, Maine  - the AFL-CIO plans to develop three new Pre-Apprenticeship Programs focused on providing multi-craft core curriculum.

To Continue Reading This Labor News Report, Go To: www.pressherald.com/2022/06/03/gov-mills-announces-12-3-million-expansion-of-statewide-apprenticeship-programs/

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