Mancini Speaks of Building Futures & Apprenticeship RI

This week in the Providence Journal, Building Futures Board Chair Gregory Mancini published an Op Ed celebrating Building Futures’ 10-year success as a pre-apprenticeship program in the building trades, Mancini outlines Building Futures history and how they secured the resources to establish Apprenticeship Rhode Island – a partnership with Rhode Island’s Department of Labor and Training to build the capacity of the apprenticeship system and help employers launch apprenticeships outside of the construction trades. 

As Apprenticeship RI enters our 3rd year this fall, we are celebrating our own accomplishments having registered over a dozen apprenticeship programs in industries as diverse as: Healthcare, IT, Manufacturing, Marine Trades and more.  We have also registered 100 apprentices.

We get asked if Apprenticeship RI is part of Building Futures.  Yes we are, but we also retain our own messaging because our work involves a different set of partners.  Apprenticeship RI is about supporting Rhode Island employers and helping the State of Rhode Island create capacity in the Apprenticeship System.   “Apprenticeship RI is working with an ever growing circle of employers,” reports Employer Liaison, Amy Weinstein.  “Now more than ever, employers are seeing how apprenticeship can help them address their workforce challenges in a way that is designed around their specific needs.” 

To read the full article by Building Futures Board Chair, Gregory Mancini…
http://apprenticeshipri.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/17.8.3_Mancini_ProJo_OpEd.pdf