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Trenton Lawmakers Back Bills to Boost Apprenticeships

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Trenton NJ,  A wide-ranging plan to make apprenticeships more accessible for New Jersey residents particularly in high growth industries was introduced in the Senate. The 10 bills sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chair M. Teresa Ruiz are in collaboration with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and are based on its report released September 6, 2018 entitled “Becoming the United States of Opportunity: the Economic Equity and Growth Case for Apprenticeships.” This report highlighted how apprenticeship programs can strengthen our economy and advance economic opportunity by connecting residents—particularly women and people of color—to living wage careers.

National Apprenticeship Week which starts November 12th through the 16th is a national celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education and others a chance to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship while highlighting their programs, facilities and apprentices in their community.

“Creating more accessible pathways to apprenticeships in New Jersey would lead to an invigorated economy, expanded opportunities for New Jersey residents and a more diversified workforce,” said Senator Ruiz (D-Essex). “Our mission is to expand and create more economic opportunities throughout the state, by encouraging all industries to create pathways for underrepresented populations in high demand industries. This will allow our communities in the state to flourish by promoting a more robust effort for economic growth opportunities throughout the state.”

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