Registered apprenticeships have long been a way to train electricians, plumbers and those interested in other building maintenance and construction trades. But McAuliffe hopes to expand registered apprenticeships in other industries that state officials believe are poised for growth, including cybersecurity and information technology.
Elizabeth Creamer, an adviser for workforce development to the state secretary of commerce, said many registered apprenticeships provide training through community colleges, allowing trainees to earn some college credit while they receive on-the-job training.
“Rather than having to choose between college and going to work immediately after high school, the registered apprenticeship provides both,” Creamer said.
The funding is slated to be available to businesses and state agencies at the beginning of next year.