Apprenticeship Rhode Island Announces Five New Partnerships-

Recipients selected for Non-Trade Apprenticeship Development GrantsAs was recently posted by the Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) here , five new recipients were selected for 2018 non-trade development grants through the GWB to help develop new innovative apprenticeship programs. The GWB is Rhode Island’s primary policy-making body focused on workforce development matters. Non-Trade Apprenticeship Development Grants fund the development and expansion of innovative apprenticeship models in occupations outside of the traditional trades.

Apprenticeship Rhode Island will provide design and technical assistance to support the award recipients and is excited to help these employers create new career opportunities for Rhode Islanders.

The 2018 Award recipients include:

Marine Industry Training and Education Council (MITEC), Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship.

Partners and Employer Sponsors: The Hinckley Company, New England Tech, American Boat Builders and Repairers Association.

Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation, Line Cook Apprenticeship.

Partners and Employer Sponsors: Gregg’s Restaurant and Tavern, Davies Career and Technical High School, Rhode Island Hospitality Association.

Care New England, Community Health Worker Apprenticeship.

Partners and Employer Sponsors: Care New England Healthcare System, SEIU 1199NE, Rhode Island College, United Way of Rhode Island, Skills for RI’s Future, Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP).

Providence Community Health Centers, Certified Medical Assistant Apprenticeship.

Partners and Employer Sponsors: Providence Community Healthcare Centers, SEIU 1199NE, Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP).

Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies and Research, Call Center Customer Service Apprenticeship.

Partners and Employer Sponsors: Higher Ed Partners/Student Resource Center, LLC, Office & Professional Employees International Union, Local 25.

GWB Executive Director Heather Hudson noted that “Based on last year’s success, the GWB is funding five development grants in 2018 to provide critical seed funding to employers using the Registered Apprenticeship model to introduce new occupations, create career pathways and open the door to new hires helping to build Rhode Island’s economy and providing family-sustaining employment for more Rhode Islanders”

Last year’s Non-Trade Apprenticeship Development Programs grants funded the development and implementation of four new Registered Apprenticeship programs. The programs have expanded apprenticeship to new occupations in Rhode Island, which are now flourishing at:

  • Brown Medicine (formerly University Medicine), LPN Apprenticeship, in partnership with the Community College of Rhode Island.
  • Seascape Lawn Care Inc., Professional Land Care Specialist Apprenticeship, in partnership with the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association.
  • Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN), Community Health Worker Apprenticeship, in partnership with Rhode Island College.
  • Symmetrix Composite Tooling, Composite Tool and Pattern Maker Apprenticeship, in partnership with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA).

“Governor Raimondo continues to recognize that employers are best suited to drive  the workforce development solutions they need, which is reflected by the strategic investments made by this administration’ in programs such as the GWB, said Andrew Cortés, Executive Director of Building Futures. “We greatly appreciate the Governor’s strong support and continued partnership with the Department of Labor and Training as we expand the use of Registered Apprenticeship to help residents and businesses of Rhode Island thrive.”


Apprenticeship Rhode Island is an initiative of Building Futures, funded in part by an American Apprenticeship Initiative grant of the U.S. Department of Labor. In partnership with the RI Department of Labor and Training, Apprenticeship Rhode Island is working with employers, industry associations, and educational partners to design, register and launch new Apprenticeship programs to address employers’ workforce development needs.