To expand career opportunities for students after high school, legislation (formerly bill A-131) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo, Yvonne Lopez and Carol Murphy to establish a process for high school counselors to coordinate with the New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council to raise awareness and encourage student in for apprenticeship opportunities was signed into law Friday by Governor Phil Murphy.
The law sponsors released the following statements:
Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex): “A traditional college experience may not be the best fit for every student. That’s why apprenticeships, which help students gain valuable skills and work experience, are a great way for students to prepare for the workforce. This new law will help connect students with valuable apprenticeship opportunities and begin working towards a career.”
Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex): “Young adults who pursue apprenticeships often start their program as high school students. They exit as highly qualified, skilled workers equipped with the tools necessary to build a successful career. I look forward to seeing apprenticeship training programs in New Jersey grow and thrive under this new law.”
Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington): “Apprenticeships are a win-win for trainees and employers alike; apprentices gain valuable skills they’ll use throughout their careers and employers have access to experienced laborers who have a deeper understanding of the job at hand. Education and job training are vital tools in revitalizing our economy and improving quality of life in New Jersey.”