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Grant to support hospitality jobs in Boston

Posted on October 6, 2015

A new grant will enourage the growth of more hospitality jobs in Boston.

A $3 million grant from the Obama Administration will expand apprenticeship opportunities in construction and hospitality through the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. The City’s award, part of the $175 million American Apprenticeship Grant program, will serve 394 participants seeking to advance careers in the construction and hospitality sectors.

“Investments in education and training like the Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative are a key part of how we grow our economy and help our families build a future,” Senator Warren said. “Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston are leading the way in making sure hardworking people, especially women and people of color, can get the skills they need to get well-paid jobs with good benefits. I’m very happy the federal government is recognizing their efforts with this major grant. ”

“These federal funds will help the City of Boston expand employment opportunities for residents by offering enhanced training and education in the fields of construction and hospitality,” said United States Representative Mike Capuano. “The Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative will open new career paths for participants, giving them the tools they need to succeed. I appreciate Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston’s commitment to establishing innovative employment training programs.”

“As graduates of the Laborers’ and Ironworkers’ Union Apprenticeship programs, Mayor Walsh and I are true believers in the advantages that skilled training can provide,” said Congressman Lynch. “For our local businesses to continue to grow, we will need to produce skilled workers to meet their needs. I appreciate Mayor Walsh’s leadership on this effort. This will provide great opportunities for 400 Boston residents to create a better life for themselves and their families.”

“The Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative creates opportunities and pathways to success for women and communities of color working to achieve their American Dream,” said Senator Edward J. Markey. “As demand in the construction and hospitality industries grow, providing pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships and education that can lead to union careers in these fields will result in a better trained, better equipped workforce. I applaud Mayor Walsh and the Office of Workforce Development for their leadership and commitment to securing this funding that will help underrepresented groups fully maximize their abilities.”