Forbes Columnist Recognizes Senator Linares for Legislative Support of Apprenticeships

June 16, 2017

As your state senator, one of the areas I strongly support is creating and encouraging apprenticeships in Connecticut. I believe this is one of the best ways to prepare young people for high-tech careers while meeting local manufacturers’ need for skilled workers. During the 2017 Legislative Session, I proposed and supported legislation to create a more apprenticeship-friendly climate in our state.  These efforts were noted in a Forbes magazine op-ed by Patrick Gleason. The piece, which is linked below, talks about the states like Connecticut, and businesses that are harnessing apprenticeships to create the well-paid, highly-skilled workforce our country needs.

The column incorrectly gives me credit for submitting Public Act 17-76, which I did testify in support of and voted to approve.

I told Mr. Gleason,  “This will allow apprentices to enter the workforce and get a good paying job. In Connecticut, over the next decade there will be 40,000 jobs open in manufacturing for companies like Electric Boat building nuclear submarines, Sikorsky building the King Stallion Helicopter, and Pratt & Whitney building airplanes for companies across the world. Many other businesses have expressed a great interest in teaming up with local high schools to offer work-based apprenticeships.”

I am honored to be mentioned in the piece and proud that Connecticut is being recognized as a leader in workforce development.

You can read the full column in Forbes by clicking here