and plant-based industry is the lack of young trained individuals entering into the workforce, RINLA applied for Real Jobs Rhode Island planning and implementation grants to develop and register the first in the nation multi-employer registered apprenticeship program for agriculture and plant-based industry. This first consolidated effort to identify workforce needs of the green industry develops a well-articulated career lattice that includes training opportunities.
On February 28, 2018, RINLA’s Multi-employer Registered Apprenticeship was approved by the state’s Apprenticeship Council.
RINLA’s long-term goal is to develop pathways linking a pre-apprenticeship training program to an apprenticeship program and to a 2-year degree horticulture program and/or a 4-year degree program for those interested in pursuing higher education. All of this will lead to job placement and career opportunities with living wages as well as opportunities for entrepreneurship for new industry entrants.
Apprenticeship is structured employment (on-the-job learning) combined with job-related classroom instruction, designed and driven by employers, to create an “earn while you learn” pathway.
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