The Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest recently was awarded a grant from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to establish a pre-apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians in collaboration with CVS Health. The goal of the program is to promote equality of opportunity, upward mobility, and economic fairness. “For generations, apprenticeship programs have proven effective,” Michael Andreas, JVS’s executive director, said. “They increase lifetime earnings and put people on a career path.”
The pre-apprenticeship program will feed students into apprenticeship programs already offered by pharmacies, including CVS Pharmacies. In addition to receiving free training, participants will benefit from a weekly stipend. Transportation and childcare costs will also be covered to help participants overcome some of the common barriers to enrolling in and completing a job-training program.
The grant is through the Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education program initially launched in 2019 to prepare New Jerseyans to enter and succeed in registered apprenticeship programs.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy launched the program to promote diversity and inclusion by encouraging the hiring of underrepresented groups, as well as groups facing economic barriers to career advancement.
JVS anticipates that the program will be up and running by late spring. Its goal is to host four cohorts and graduate 40 participants from the program.
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