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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 17:38

Maine employers applauded for offering apprenticeships

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BANGOR - As the state's unemployment rate decreases, businesses continue to struggle to find skilled workers.

But one Department of Labor program is helping fill the void.


The state's apprenticeship program has been around since the 1940s, working to connect businesses with employees.


More than 1,400 people have gone through the apprenticeship program this year, receiving hands-on training to meet an industry's specific needs.


"Apprenticeship can really help fill the gap between what a person knows and what a person needs to know to be successful, particularly in middle-skilled level jobs but also entry-level positions. So apprenticeship is helping fill that gap and training our workforce for jobs of the future," Joan Dolan, director of the state's apprenticeship


program, said. Dolan said Tuesday that none of that would be possible without the apprenticeship sponsors, who were recognized at an event in Bangor on Tuesday.


The event was part of National Apprenticeship Month. To become an apprenticeship sponsor or to learn more about the program, visit the program's website at