$200K in state funding for apprenticeship program

Lana Bellamy

Originally published in Times Herald-Record

TOWN OF NEWBURGH — A program offering apprenticeship opportunities for people who typically have difficulty obtaining jobs received a $200,000 boost from this year’s state budget.

State Sen. James Skoufis, of Woodbury, announced he secured the funding for the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council and the Workforce Development Institute with Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson, of Newburgh, at a press conference Wednesday.

The program targets people who may have been formerly incarcerated, lack certain educational requirements or have had gaps in employment, according to a news release from Skoufis’ office.

The state Senate will work with the Workforce Development Institute and trades council to develop framework and recruiting methods for the program, which will be offered to participants for free.