Aug-06-10 Labor Commissioner Kicks Off Training for Newest Class of Auto Technicians
JERSEY CITY, August 06, 2010 — Recognizing the importance of apprenticeship training programs, Commissioner Harold J. Wirths of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development welcomed the newest Youth Transition to Work (YTTW) apprentice class of auto and diesel technicians. Wirths took part in the orientation program for the new group of trainees at the Hudson Nissan worksite in Jersey City, where the apprentices will begin their training.
The 10 trainees, selected from a pool of 150 applicants, hail from five counties extending from Ocean to Essex.
Wirths told the new apprentices, “You are learning skills in a field you are passionate about and preparing for jobs that cannot be moved overseas.” Wirths also told the young trainees, “In challenging economic times, employers are more judicious in hiring and apprenticeships offer employers confidence that apprentices have demonstrated a work ethic, have knowledge of the job, and have a willingness to learn new skills.”
The training program, operated by IAM CREST (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Corporation for Re-employment Safety Training), received YTTW program funds through the Workforce Development Partnership Act.
YTTW provides funding to a consortium of employers, organized labor, and schools to implement school-to-registered-apprenticeship transition programs that help young people move from high school into occupations through apprenticeship training. In addition to the auto and diesel technician program, YTTW partnerships prepare young workers for jobs in the construction trades, energy conservation, culinary arts, nursing and nursing assistants, stage technicians, and pharmacy service technicians. The course of instruction offers both structured on-the-job training and relevant classroom instruction and targets high school juniors and seniors.
For more information about the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Incentives & Training programs, go to http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/employer/training/Apprenticeship.html.