BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker announced apprenticeships and job training programs within the state.
A report released this month showed that roughly 200,000 Massachusetts residents will need to transition into a new career over the next decade and this apprenticeship program could help them do it. During a news conference in Boston Thursday, Governor Baker applauded the work of the first class of graduates from the apprenticeship program.
He noted that many of the participants were making about $30,000 a year when they entered the program and they left making roughly double that. State leaders say they want more people to take advantage of the program so that good paying jobs in industries like construction, IT, and hospitality will get filled. Especially as the extended unemployment benefits are less than a month away form ending completely.
“We think it’s critically important that we do all we can here in Massachusetts to make sure people have opportunities to find their way back into the job market,” said Baker.
The Governor is hoping the legislature will help him expand the apprenticeship program by approving an additional 240 million dollars in funding.
The state will also be holding it’s largest virtual job fair ever next week, giving the ability to connect with hundreds of potential employers without leaving your house. Beginning Monday, August 16 through Friday, August 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day, there will be industry-specific employers available to discuss positions with jobseekers from entry level to executive positions.
Massachusetts Virtual Job Fair Schedule
- Monday: General Job Fair (all industries)
- Tuesday: Manufacturing, Professional Services, Finance
- Wednesday: Healthcare, Hospitality, Education
- Thursday: General Job Fair (all industries)
- Friday: Information Technology, Building Services, and other