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August 26, 2009
The Maine Apprenticeship Program was featured in the latest edition of the Maine HR Times.
Apprenticeship Director, Gene Ellis, touted the benefits of apprenticeship to both workers and businesses and highlighted recent success in the program.
For workers, the program provides an opportunity to advance in their career and earn more money. The average apprentice in 2008 had a starting wage of $11.76 and a completion wage of $16.19 per hour.
Worker participation apprenticeship has grown rapidly in recent years – in 2008, over 700 workers were active in the program, up nearly 50 percent from just two years earlier.
The number of female apprentices has also grown and Maine has the distinction of having the highest percentage of female apprentices of any state apprenticeship council in the nation.
For more information about the Maine Apprenticeship Program, contact Gene Ellis.