After workforce change, lawmakers must provide more resources to vocational schools


BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts’ workforce has changed over time and the focus is now on the skilled trades.

The pandemic has shown us that the demand for carpentry, electrical and plumbing among other trades is higher than we thought. That’s why lawmakers want to remove some of the barriers students face when trying to enter a Voc technical high school.

To enter a Massachusetts trade school, students must have good grades, good attendance, and recommendations from their teachers. A new bill on Beacon Hill would remove some of these barriers by admitting students using a lottery system. This decision alone is one that advocates say will help low-income students get well-paying jobs right out of high school.

“Make sure students know that this is an option for them, that they can do it, and that they can have a job that earns $ 70, 80, 90 or even $ 100,000 or more per year, and you don’t don’t have a six-figure student loan. debt, ”Senator Eric Lesser told 22News.

The bill would also increase the number of programs offered by schools of technology so that students can train for jobs related to clean energy, such as installing solar panels and maintaining wind turbines.

The bill had its first hearing before the education committee on Tuesday, lawmakers in that committee told 22News they hoped to send it to the prosecution for a full vote in the coming weeks.


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