Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week, Announces New Apprenticeship Grant Funding

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WATERTOWN — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $2.7 million in new grant funding to 19 organizations to support expanded apprenticeship programs across the Commonwealth to meet critical workforce training needs and boost employment opportunities for residents. The Administration announced the new grants at a visit to Arranta Bio in Watertown celebrating National Apprenticeship Week. The event highlighted the company's successful apprenticeship program and the Administration's continued focus on leveraging apprenticeships to expand career opportunities for populations hardest-hit by the pandemic, including women and people of color.

"Apprenticeships are a proven model to support employers' workforce needs and help workers gain new skills and improved employment opportunities, which is why we are glad to support these programs with nearly $3 million in new funding as we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week," said Governor Charlie Baker. "We recognize that this training model will play an important role in helping us meet future workforce needs for in-demand fields, as identified in our Future of Work Report."

"As Massachusetts looks to meet our workforce needs over the next several years, apprenticeships will remain a valuable tool to connect workers with high-demand fields, especially our growing STEM industries," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "Our apprenticeship programs provide opportunities to workers, with a particular focus on expanding opportunities for women, people of color and others who have historically not had the same access to these fields."

The Commonwealth's apprenticeship programs have supported over 3,700 workers since the Administration took office in 2015 and the funding announced today will allow apprenticeship programs to train more than 500 workers over the next year, with a focus on occupations in growing fields like health care, life sciences, clean energy, IT, and advanced manufacturing, in addition to diversity and inclusion programming for traditional construction and building trades. Many of these fields were also identified in the Administration's recently-published Future of Work Report as areas of growth for Massachusetts over the next decade, with upwards of 300,000-400,000 workers potentially needing to transition to different occupations or occupational categories.

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"The Apprenticeship Innovation Fund (AIF) provides funding for apprenticeship training and services that contribute to our ongoing expansion and diversity efforts benefitting all Massachusetts residents," said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta. "These grants specifically target life sciences and biotech, among other expansion industries, and provide life-changing career pathways to higher-paying, in-demand jobs for the unemployed and underemployed, while helping close job gaps for the Commonwealth's STEM employers."

"Arranta Bio is proud to partner with MassBioEd in the development of the apprenticeship program for biomanufacturing technicians," said Mark R. Bamforth, executive chair and CEO at Arranta. "Through this partnership, we are enabling individuals to obtain industry recognized skills and to transition into a meaningful, well paid career in life sciences."

"The life sciences industry continues to grow in Massachusetts expecting to generate 20,000-40,000 new jobs by 2024," said Sunny Schwartz, CEO of MassBioEd, apprenticeship partner for Arranta Bio. "At the same time, thousands of capable individuals are left out of these jobs because of a lack of awareness or traditional college degrees. Apprenticeships are an innovative way to bridge this gap. With this generous support from the Commonwealth, MassBioEd's Life Sciences Apprenticeship Program will train individuals to fill these roles, helping employers fill crucial vacancies with diverse talent while providing excellent career opportunities for hundreds of our residents."

Today's grant funds are being awarded through the Apprenticeship Expansion Plan, Apprenticeship Growth & Expansion, and Apprenticeship Expansion & Construction Diversity Grants that are administered by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development throughout the year. The funding is partially supported by a federal grant Massachusetts received earlier this year from the US Department of Labor to expand apprenticeship opportunities in the Commonwealth. That grant focuses on expanding apprenticeship opportunities for women, working moms, people of color, youth, and individuals with a disability.

A full list of programs funded by today's grants is below:

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Organization



City/Town



FY22 Funding



Aimtek



Auburn



$90,000



Apprenti/WTIA



Boston



$100,000



Associated Building Contractors of Massachusetts



Woburn



$69,984



Associated Building Contractors of Massachusetts



Woburn



$25,000



A-Tech Turbine



Auburn



$95,000



Blackstone Valley Education Hub



Whitinsville



$25,000



Building Pathways Boston



Roxbury



$56,304



Family Services of Central Massachusetts



Worcester



$100,000



Family Services of Central Massachusetts



Worcester



$100,000



Greater New Bedford Workforce Board



New Bedford



$100,000



Greater New Bedford Workforce Board



New Bedford



$100,000



Hampden County Workforce Board



Springfield



$100,000



MassBioEd



Cambridge



$100,000



MassBioEd



Cambridge



$100,000



Merrimack Valley Workforce Board



Lawrence



$75,000



Merrimack Valley Workforce Board



Lawrence



$100,000



Metro North Regional Employment Board/NAMC



Cambridge



$250,000



North Shore Workforce Board



Salem



$250,000



Pipefitters Local 537



Dorchester



$100,000



Quinsigamond Community College



Worcester



$100,000



The Work Place dba MassHire New Bedford Career Center



New Bedford



$75,000



Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.



Boston



$310,000



Thryv, Inc.



Assonet



$100,000



Thryv, Inc.



Assonet



$100,000



UMass Boston Institute for Community Inclusion



Boston



$125,000



TOTAL



$2,746,288


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