More than $2.8 million in federal and state funding will go to help the poor in New York State to secure apprenticeships and to further expand such programs beyond their traditional focus on the construction industry, officials said.
The state has awarded $1.1 million to six training organizations, including two that will work with Long Islanders, age 18 to 24, and living in poverty.
Nontraditional Employment for Women and the Northeast Carpenters Apprenticeship Training and Education Fund received $221,372 and $100,000, respectively, to help prepare young people for apprenticeships in Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as other regions.
The funds are part of what Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said last week was “the nation’s first state-sponsored pre-apprenticeship program.”
He said the program would provide students training, career information and access to apprenticeships, including on major building projects such as the redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport and Penn Station.
“We are helping to level the playing field and provide more opportunity for some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Cuomo said.
Separately, he announced that the state Labor Department had been awarded $1.7 million earlier this year in two grants from the federal government’s ApprenticeshipUSA initiative. The funds will be used to increase the number of apprenticeship programs in the state and to expand the variety.
Last year, programs registered with the state enrolled 4,774 apprentices, according to state statistics. And the number of programs outside of construction has increased from 25 percent of the total in 2011 to 31 percent last year.
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), who has introduced apprenticeship bills, said the programs “are one of the most effective tools we have to put workers on a path to new skills, higher wages and better careers.”