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Federal grants to fund 800 new apprentice jobs, Cuomo says

Federal grants totaling $4.2 million will enable 800 more New Yorkers to enroll in apprenticeship programs that lead to jobs in manufacturing, health care, information technology and other fast-growing industries, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced.

The federal funding is part of an initiative to expand apprenticeship opportunities beyond construction.

The state is taking applications from unions, businesses and other training organizations through March 30, 2018.

“These critically important apprenticeship programs are the gateway to good-paying jobs that are the bedrock of New York’s middle class,” Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday.

The federal funds will be used to cover training costs such as instruction, books and tools up to $5,000 per apprentice.

Of the nearly 700 registered apprenticeship programs in the state, both union and nonunion, 165 are in New York City and on Long Island, according to the state Department of Labor.

The number of local residents in all apprenticeship programs last year was 2,489, up 9.4 percent from 2011.

Cuomo has sought to increase the number of nonconstruction apprenticeship programs for jobs such as community health worker, computer support technician and precision optics manufacturing technician.

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