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Massachusetts Expanding Training Programs For Women and Minorities

The state of Massachusetts is expanding apprenticeship opportunities targeted for women, minorities and poor people. The state just received a $1.5 million federal grant to expand their apprenticeship programs in industries such as health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology.

The grant is part of a $50.5 million program from the U.S. Department of Labor to increase apprenticeship programs in these areas. The Massachusetts Department of Career Services will use the grant money for career training programs that will help women, low-income individuals, blacks and Hispanics. The program will provide training in the areas of education, culinary jobs, health care, human services and manufacturing.

Program will increase by 25 percent

The apprenticeships will offer the training programs to businesses. It is estimated that the grant will enable Massachusetts to increase apprenticeships by 2,000, or 25 percent, over the next three-and-a-half years. The goal of apprenticeship programs is to help women and others get a better chance of landing well-paying jobs in these fields.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker expects the additional funding will provide more job opportunities for groups that typically have lower rates of employment, including women, low-income individuals, blacks and Hispanics.