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September 4, 2018

Two Apprenticeships

by MattF

Recently, I had to ask myself how I might best share the massive amount of information in Critical Infrastructure for Children in such a way that the people of New England win. I decided that for visitors here to convert information into opportunities, the answer is to share a little bit of information here every day. So, today, the theme is apprenticeships in New England, and one model that is working well.

Why Apprenticeships? Two years ago, if you asked me about apprenticeships in New England, I would have little to say in response, except to guess that maybe they still exist? Well, as I’ve learned since, apprenticeships that lead to employment represent one of the key dimensions of job creation for the future in New England. I am aware of quite a few existing models, but today I’ll share the model of Vermont Technical College. You can start by checking out the link below, if you want.

Electrician and Plumbing Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships and Community Colleges After surfing the websites of many community colleges in New England, I found that more apprenticeships are beginning to sprout up in many of them. So, at a time when both many people and many community colleges are struggling, it’s important that the people that would do well in these programs and these colleges find each other. This will be great for the people that find these programs, great for those community colleges and great for all us of us that work hard for a thriving economy here in New England.


Yesterday I shared some information about one apprenticeship program at Vermont Technical College, and today I’m sharing a bit about an apprenticeship program at York County Community College in Wells, Maine. I like to share multiple examples of apprenticeships to show not only that apprenticeships are alive and well in New England, but also for the purpose of making comparisons between them. That’s to say that those of us who are interested in the health and well-being of New England might develop the ability to not just be aware of the apprenticeship programs, but to be able to do comparisons of them, and to see what models might work elsewhere.

YCCC Supports the Shipyard I first became aware of the Kittery Shipyard Apprenticeship Program when I read an article in Seacoast Online about the difficulty the shipyard was having in finding new workers. I was surprised, because I thought that lots of people would jump at the prospect to make good wages in a good, physical job. Well, it seems that partnering with a community college can work well for employers, as the school can provide screening of applicants and assist with preparation of future workers.

As it happens, I was driving in Wells, Maine on a rainy March day, and drove past York County Community College. “It doesn’t look like much is going on there”, I thought to myself. But oh boy was I wrong, as I discovered from studying their website and sitting down with YCCC President Barbara Finkelstein. The place is humming with apprenticeships, industry partnerships and happy people.

Critical Infrastructure for Children features about twelve different models of apprenticeships within New England, among many other models of job creation. If you are interested in a presentation of that book, please contact me via LinkedIn.

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