The Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative was launched in October 2015 by a $3 million American Apprenticeship Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Since that time, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, which oversees the initiative, has leveraged an additional $12.9 million in dedicated apprenticeship slots. Over five years (Oct. 2015 – Sep. 2020), GBAAI will support 405 pre-apprentices in training programs that work to place enrollees in apprenticeships. Initially, GBAAI focused on construction and hospitality apprenticeships, but added apprenticeships in facilities maintenance and emergency medical services in 2018. The hospitality apprenticeship program represents the first of its kind in the nation.

mayor at podium facing a crowd of attendees and reporters
Mayor Martin J. Walsh announces the Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative at Wentworth Institute of Technology in October 2015.

GBAAI is guided by an advisory committee, made up of representatives from higher education, trade associations, labor, training providers, and the local Workforce Development Board. GBAAI partners include:

  • BEST Hospitality Training
  • Boston EMS
  • Building Pathways
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • City Academy
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • WinnResidential
  • YouthBuild Boston

Further Reading

Media Coverage

City Helps with EMT Job Readiness (video)
BNN News, July 24, 2018

Boston Program Would Help EMT Recruits
Boston Herald, May 31, 2018

Fast Track to a Hospitality Career
U.S. Department of Labor blog, Sep. 19, 2017

These Boston Apprentices are Pushing the Economy Toward Equity
Next City, June 28, 2017

Boston Receives $11 Million from Feds for Apprenticeships
Boston Globe, Sep. 9, 2015

OWD Blog Articles
Press Releases
Marketing Materials

GBAAI Brochure
This downloadable PDF provides an overview of GBAAI eligibility, benefits, participant stages, and the application process.

GBAAI College Pathway Fact-Sheet
This downloadable PDF explains how certain GBAAI participants can apply for college credit, including the degrees they can pursue.

Other Resources

BEST Hospitality Training Center Fact-Sheet
An overview of program achievements by BEST – a GBAAI partner organization that provides pre-apprenticeship training in hospitality.

Building Pathways Fact-Sheet
An overview of program achievements by Building Pathways – one of two GBAAI partner organizations that provide pre-apprenticeship training in construction.

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