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State Of Maine Grant Will Create 450 Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice Opportunities

Published Thursday, June 9, 2022
by Vanessa Paolella/The Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal
State Of Maine Grant Will Create 450 Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice Opportunities

(LEWISTON, MAINE) - The local Lewiston workforce is set to receive a boost over the next two years in response to a State of Maine Grant that’s designed to spur growth for high-demand Technical Trades.

Lewiston Adult Education was one of 14 organizations to receive an Apprenticeship Grant from the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan this year.

The program was awarded $1.3 million to develop Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship opportunities in the field of Health Care, Construction and Manufacturing.

The State's goal is to more than double Apprenticeship opportunities and to strengthen Maine's Workforce by providing education and training in high-demand Technical Trades, said Jennifer Tiner, who serves as Director of Adult Education.

Lewiston will use its grant to establish 150 new Apprenticeships and more than 300 new Pre-Apprenticeships through 2024.

Tiner said the Adult Education Program will collaborate with local employers to create opportunities for disadvantaged people in high-wage, high-demand jobs.

The program aims to target youth, ages 16 to 24, those who are unemployed, Women, individuals with disabilities, Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and people who’ve been involved with the Criminal Justice System.

Tiner credited Razell Ward, Assistant Director of adult education, for writing the winning grant.

"A big ‘thank you’ for thinking outside of the box and finding out what's out there," Superintendent Jake Langlais said. "It's not just about ($1.3 million), it's about the opportunity for (450) Apprentice and Pre-Apprentice Workers that can also go work in our community at businesses that are saying: 'we need labor.’  Bridging that gap is just great for our community overall."

Apprenticeship Programs offer young adults the opportunity to learn a skill or trade through paid, on-the-job training - combined with classroom instruction.

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in Apprenticeship Programs.

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