Gov. Phil Murphy announced grant awards Wednesday totaling more than $3 million to fund programs to employ and train apprentices in jobs that will start them on a sustainable career path in high-demand occupations.
Murphy spoke at the launch of the Holz Technik Academy in Jersey City. Academy attendees are hired by Eastern Millwork, attend Hudson County Community College, and earn associate degrees in advanced manufacturing.
The eight grantees are New Jersey businesses and agencies that will hire and train nearly 350 apprentices in diverse occupations including paramedics, water treatment system plant operators, dementia care professionals, and computer system analysts.
“Investing in workforce development is critical to developing a stronger and fairer New Jersey,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “These grants will help ensure our residents have the training and resources they need to succeed in the 21st century economy and help move our state forward.”
The funding comes through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Growing Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Sectors (GAINS) competitive grant, designed to provide experience and expand the skilled workforce in high-demand industry sectors such as health care, information technology, clean energy, and more.
Murphy’s announcement Wednesday follows an initial outlay of $2.8 million, announced in February to launch the GAINS program.
“Apprenticeships open doors to family-supporting jobs and rewarding careers,” New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis said in a statement. “Their winning combination of work experience and classroom education make apprenticeships an outstanding model to spread to additional industry sectors. I applaud this initiative to bring experiential learning to high-demand occupations across the state.”