Morris County Chamber of Commerce and MCEDC are supporting the German American Chamber of Commerce in NYC (GACCNY) in their ongoing bids for grant funding to support the launch of an apprenticeship program based on the German model. As it happens, Morris County has quite a few small-to-mid-sized companies with German roots. (Long Valley in Washington Township used to be named German Valley.)
Most recently, we the MCEDC-CACCNY partnership has won the State’s GAIN program! For details, check out this article:
Governor Murphy Announces $3 Million in GAINS Grants for Businesses, Agencies to Train New Apprentices
The funding comes through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Growing Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Sectors (GAINS) competitive grant, designed to provide experience and expand the skilled workforce in high-demand industry sectors such as health care, information technology, clean energy, and more.
Today’s announcement follows an initial outlay of funds, announced in February and totaling $2.8 million, which launched the GAINS program.
“Apprenticeships are a win-win for apprentices and the businesses who hire them,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “Building a pipeline of skilled workers creates a viable career path for students and allows businesses to thrive. Every industry sector can benefit from this forward-thinking approach.”
“Apprenticeships open doors to family-supporting jobs and rewarding careers,” said Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis. “Their winning combination of work experience and classroom education make apprenticeships an outstanding model to spread to additional industry sectors. I applaud this initiative to bring experiential learning to high-demand occupations across the state.”
Based on a successful earn-while-you-learn model in the construction industry, GAINS seeks to drive economic development through skills and educational attainment and create paths to better-paying careers and advanced industry credentials. The grant program also promotes diversity in U.S. Department of Labor-approved Registered Apprenticeship programs by encouraging the hiring of underrepresented groups such as veterans, people with disabilities, and ex-offenders.
As of April, there were more than 750 Registered Apprenticeship programs in New Jersey, employing more than 7,600 apprentices.
Below is the list of the latest grant recipients: