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 construction and hospitality apprenticeships. 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.

In its first year, GBAAI:

  • Enrolled 47 individuals in pre-apprenticeship programs, which is 10% over the planned 43 individuals. Of the 47 served, 64% were minorities and 36% were women.
  • Graduated 96% (45/47) of its pre-apprenticeship training enrollees
  • Placed 64% of graduates in either apprenticeship or in employment until the next cycle of apprenticeship application opens. Ultimately, 80% are expected to enter apprenticeship in their chosen fields.

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
  • Building Pathways
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • YouthBuild Boston

Further Reading

Media Coverage
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.