Merit Alliance receives Proclamation from Governor Kathy Hochul
Syracuse, NY - November has been designated as New York State Apprenticeship Month by Governor Kathy Hochul. With more than 17,000 enrolled apprentices in a variety of skilled professions and more than 900 programs spread out across the state, NY has one of the largest apprenticeship programs in the country.
The New York State Apprenticeship Month Proclamation was presented to the Merit Apprenticeship Alliance by Tracy DiGenova, a representative of the Governor’s office.
“Merit Apprenticeship Alliance strives to be the leading apprenticeship program for the skilled trades in construction. We are currently celebrating 15 years of growth at the Alliance. During that time we have not only cultivated the alliance between apprentices and contractors, our partners, we launched MACTI, the Merit Alliance Construction Training Institute and most recently MAMS, Merit Alliance Management Services. At this time, it is a gift that the Governor's office has acknowledged the effort registered apprenticeship programs have made to develop a trained workforce.” says Penny Hazer, President of Merit Apprenticeship Alliance.
For New Yorkers seeking access to high-quality employment opportunities with competitive pay and benefits, registered apprenticeships provide an essential avenue. For many years, registered apprenticeships have served as the foundation of the construction sector. Merit Alliance’s Director of Training and Curriculum, Stacy Miller, says, “It is wonderful to see businesses from industries other than construction get on the apprenticeship train. There is something to be said for this new path to successful, sustainable, and fulfilling careers across a variety of industries that are not traditionally apprenticeship supported.”
In New York State, there are now 17,113 registered apprentices working in 912 programs supported by 622 sponsors in a variety of skilled trades. With 79 new programs and 15 new trades added just in the past year, the number of people participating in New York State registered apprenticeships continues to grow.