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Greater Boston Equitable Apprenticeship Pathways

Connecting residents to apprenticeship opportunities.

Greater Boston Equitable Apprenticeship Pathways will connect Boston residents to pre-apprenticeship opportunities over a four year grant period. This pilot is funded by the Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) grant. The ABA grant is a four year $3M grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor supporting pre-apprenticeship programs leading to Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) from community partners in three different industries:

  • hospitality,
  • healthcare, and
  • life sciences.

The Office of Workforce Development manages this grant and the pre-apprenticeship programs are run by partner organizations. Our partners are BEST Hospitality Training, Boston Emergency Medical Services, and MassBioEd. These organizations are industry leaders that provide exceptional career training opportunities.

About the Pre-Apprenticeships

The pre-apprenticeships will provide:

  • invaluable training
  • career services
  • social services, and
  • networking opportunities.

Residents should apply directly to the pre-apprenticeships they are interested in on the partner's website. Eligibility requirements vary for each program. Program deadlines and locations also vary. Residents should visit the website of the program(s) they are interested in to learn more. There, you will also find information about program timelines, how to apply, and details on the mission of each partner organization.

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

BEST Introduction to Hospitality, Housekeeping Program

This 150 hour, six-week, full time program trains participants for positions in hotel housekeeping. It offers hands-on skills training in:

  • ergonomics
  • chemical safety and blood-borne pathogens
  • cross-cultural communication skills
  • computer skills
  • interview skills, and
  • much more. 

Upon completion, graduates work with career coaches on their job search. BEST seeks to place graduates in full time, union hotel housekeeping positions with most starting at a minimum of $25/hour. Once graduates are placed at a partner hotel, they complete their apprenticeship. They also receive a Massachusetts Department of Labor Division of Apprentice Standards Housekeeping Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship completion credential. Graduates pursuing a hospitality management certificate or associate's degree at Bunker Hill Community College can receive up to 12-college credits.

The next Introduction to Hospitality, Housekeeping Pre-Apprenticeship class begins January 8, 2024.

Apply to the Program


This pre-apprenticeship program will serve as a pathway to MassBioEd’s RAP, which prepares participants for Clinical Trial Associates and Biomanufacturing Technicians positions. Expansion of the Biomanufacturing Technician and Clinical Trial Associate apprenticeships will provide more opportunities for those who have historically been left out of the industry. Employer partners of the MassBioEd Life Sciences Apprenticeship Program represent a range of life sciences companies, and have included AbbVie, Agios Pharmaceuticals, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Arranta Bio, Blueprint Medicines, Bristol Myers Squibb, Corning Life Sciences, Covis Pharma, Ginkgo Bioworks, Halloran Consulting, Jounce Therapeutics, Magenta Therapeutics, MassBiologics, Pfizer, Replimune, Rentschler,  Surface Oncology, Takeda, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Apply to MassBioEd

Boston EMS / EMT Training Program

This pre-apprenticeship training will be offered through the Boston EMS EMT program, a full-time, paid cadet program. Currently, there is a statewide shortage of EMTs. Through active community engagement and recruitment Boston EMS aims to increase the number of individuals who enroll in EMT training as a pathway to employment in EMS. Starting pay for new EMT hires is about $30/hour. These jobs also provide annual step increases and percentage wage increases and opportunities to earn additional income through working overtime. 

Please note: Boston EMS EMT training program is offered in January and August of each year and takes 6 months to complete. 

Learn more about EMS / EMT Training

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