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Connecticut receives $1.6 million aerospace training grant

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Connecticut officials say the state has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant to help fund an apprenticeship training program for aerospace manufacturing and maintenance workers.

The Connecticut Apprenticeship Expansion Rx project will serve 1,672 apprentices, with a focus on aerospace, aviation, energy and building trades.

The U.S. Department of Labor grant was announced Friday by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and members of the state's all-Democratic congressional delegation.

“Connecticut is known as a worldwide aerospace leader, not only because of the quality and number of international aerospace businesses that call our state home, but also because of the talented, well-educated workforce that continues to help these companies succeed in a 21st Century, modernized environment. We know that in order for companies to grow, they need an educated group of employees from which to hire, and that is why our apprenticeship programs, which are specifically aligned with the training needs of our employers, are so vital to expanding the number of high-skilled manufacturing jobs in our state," Malloy said in a statement on Friday. 

It comes weeks after the announced agreement between the state and Sikorsky Aircraft to build nearly 200 heavy cargo helicopters for the military in Stratford.

State Labor Commissioner Scott Jackson says expansion within several of the state's largest aviation employers will increase demand for credential aircraft and power plant mechanics. Also, he says there's been an influx of aviation-depending shipping companies.

“With recent expansion within several of the state’s largest aviation manufacturing employers, the demand for credentialed aircraft and power plant mechanics will continue to increase. Additionally, the influx of aviation-dependent shipping companies and distribution centers is also spurring an increasing need for aircraft mechanics and job-ready workers with related expertise.  Recognizing that many of our workers in these areas are nearing retirement, developing a skilled workforce to replace these employees, as well additional workers to fill newly created jobs, is important in meeting the growing needs of Connecticut’s employers," Jackson said in a statement on Friday. 

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