New Mexico program trains apprentices

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: employment, the economy, workforce |

The State of New Mexico offers a program aimed at training apprentices in various trades – more than 850 occupations.  According to the State Department of Workforce Solutions (the unemployment office to the old school among us, which admittedly was never a full or fair description), the apprenticeship arrangements typically last 2-4 years, and provide people with on-site training, related instruction, and “contacts in the trade in which they are interested”.

In New Mexico’s program, the apprentices are employees, with their pay starting out at 45-50% of a journey worker’s wages.  These wages are expected to increase periodically throughout the apprenticeship.

Apprentices who successfully complete registered programs receive a certificate from the State Apprenticeship Council. 

Hmmm – I’m curious to learn how new this program is.  Do other States offer similar programs?  Will apprenticeships become more common once again?  –nks

Need more information?  Perhaps I can help.

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