The proclamation recognizes the value of apprenticeships, noting that Massachusetts employers “have found it increasingly difficult to meet talent needs for a variety of skilled positions” and that “registered apprenticeships are a critical tool to close this skills gap.”
Acosta said that overcoming the unfounded stigma sometimes associated with trade school and the trades in high school and elsewhere is of paramount importance to the state.
“Studies show that apprenticeships yield a strong return on investment for businesses, jobseekers, and government,” said Acosta. “We need to make more students and parents aware of the benefits and excited about the opportunities” that professional trades like the electrical industry provide.
In accepting the proclamation on behalf of Interstate, Alibrandi noted that apprenticeships have been critical to the success of Interstate, a company where many senior executives first started their careers as apprentices. “We provide our apprentices with full-time pay and benefits, along with classroom training and tutoring, because we believe in the idea of apprenticeships and know from experience that it works,” he said.