Scott signs apprenticeship agreement with Austria

Published: Nov. 14, 2023 at 8:05 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2023 at 7:49 PM EST
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MILTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Gov. Phil Scott Tuesday signed an agreement between Vermont and Austria that aims to strengthen apprenticeships and workforce development.

It’s part of Vermont’s participation in National Apprenticeship Week. Scott signed the MOU with Ambassador Petra Schneebauer of Austria at Husky Injections Inc. in Milton. It’s one local employer that allows young people to learn a skill on the job.

They say Vermont and Austria share many similarities in demographics, economy, and workforce. “Quality apprenticeships do not only provide businesses with skilled labor they need but they also contribute to the competitiveness of companies,” Schneebauer said.

Vermont and Austrian officials will hold a roundtable discussion Wednesday to begin sharing ways to develop the workforce together.

The new agreement follows an agreement between Austria and the Vermont National Guard last year.

There are currently 1,600 apprentices in 28 sectors across Vermont

The Department of Labor is also hosting a series of events that showcase the benefits of apprenticeships, their role in workforce development, and the opportunities they offer to employers.

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