The Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association (RTMA) has been named an Apprenticeship Ambassador by the United States Department of Labor.
The distinction recognizes a commitment to modernizing, diversifying and expanding registered apprenticeships in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region.
The RTMA is the region’s sponsor for New York State Registered Apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing. The association partners with more than 30 signatory companies to enroll apprentices in more than 15 manufacturing trades.
Nearly 40 apprentices have graduated to journey workers the the RTMA program and more than 200 apprentices have registered across the nine-county region.
The Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative is designed to create a nationwide network of employers, industry associations, workforce intermediaries and other stakeholders to serve as champions for expanding and diversifying registered apprenticeship.
As an Apprenticeship Ambassador, the RTMA will continue to expand awareness of the benefit so apprenticeship programs by increasing access and support for underserved and underrepresented populations.
“The RTMA is proud to have the largest group-sponsored registered apprenticeship program for advanced manufacturing in New York State,” Bob Coyne, RTMA executive director, said in a news release. “As an Apprenticeship Ambassador, we will continue to assist the local advanced manufacturing community with developing programs designed to recruit, retain and train the next generation of skilled professionals.”
Visit the RTMA website for more information on apprenticeship programs.
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