Apprenticeship Programs

March 7, 2019

What: Not every kid in Yorktown needs to go to college.  There is a shortage of skilled trade workers nationwide meaning there is a demand for good paying jobs. According to a report by the Associated General Contractors of America 70% of construction contractors are having a hard time finding qualified skilled workers; in the Northeast the report showed that number at 63%.  Yorktown can lead from the front and create a local pathway for interested students to pursue apprenticeship and career opportunities as a skilled trades member.

 

Why: The trades are strong right here in the Hudson Valley and especially Westchester County.  Lakeland Central School District has brought interested students to the training facility used by Laborers Local 60 in Brewster.  Statistics show a clear demand for the need to invest in creating a pathway to the trades.

 

How: Proactively establishing positive working relationships with our local school districts, employers and trades to provide unique opportunities would be the first step.  Every year there is a Hudson Valley Construction Career Day hosted at Rockland Community College. In 2019 more than 800 students attended.  Under the Slater Administration, Yorktown would work to host a similar, and annual event, to provide a unique educational opportunity to an important workforce.

by Matt Slater

Matthew Slater graduated Yorktown High School in 2004. He was recognized by 914Inc. as a member of Westchester Wunderkinds Class of 2015 and previously worked as the Chief of Staff for New York State Senator Terrence Murphy. Prior to his time in the State Senate, he spent time as the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, following the 2012 election, and formerly served as Mid-Hudson Regional Director for the New York State Assembly Minority Conference. In addition to his career in government, Slater has helped quarterback nearly all of the local elections in Yorktown for the Republican Party since 2009. In addition to serving as a field director for Yorktown GOP candidates, Slater has previously served as a top aide to Westchester County Board of Elections Commissioner Douglas Colety, a campaign manager with the New York Senate Republican Campaign Committee, Chief of Staff for State Assemblyman Steve Katz and a Regional Coordinator for the New York Republican Assembly Campaign Committee. Slater received his undergraduate degree in political science from St. Anselm College, where he was a volunteer for Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential bid. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Marist College. Matt and his wife Kellie reside in Jefferson Valley and have one child.

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