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Apprenticeships: An Opportunity to Fix Our Labor Market

By John Killam, President and CEO, MassMEP

John Killam, President, MassMEP

The U.S. has six million vacant job positions, despite having seven million unemployed people. The disconnect exists because unemployed people lack the necessary backgrounds for the open jobs. 

Apprenticeship programs may be the solution. Combining on-the-job learning with related instruction in technical areas to produce qualified, highly-productive employees for careers requiring precision skills, apprenticeship training ensures that workers have the knowledge and competencies companies need for today and tomorrow.

Apprenticeships: An Opportunity to Fix Our Labor Market

And that's why employers looking to attract, recruit, and retain talented workers should consider the benefits of implementing an apprenticeship program or hiring apprentices.

As part of an effort to expand manufacturing apprenticeships in Massachusetts, MassMEP and the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium are actively working with manufacturers to enroll and fund new hires and existing workers into registered apprenticeship training programs.

There may be funding available to help subsidize related classroom instruction (up to $5,000/participant) and a new tax credit (up to $4,800/apprentice). Contact Leslie Parady at 508-831-7020 or Brian Norris at 978-722-7087 for more info.

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