Maine’s Labor and Housing Committee has approved a proposal designed to increase wages for apprentices.
The Maine Apprenticeship Program facilitates training and education to help fill gaps in the state’s workforce.
Democratic State Sen. Joe Rafferty of Kennebunk has proposed applying at least 75 percent of the program’s funding to apprenticeship programs in which the apprentices earn at least 150 percent of the minimum wage upon completing the apprenticeship agreement.
The Maine Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee passed the proposal by a count of 8-5 on Monday. It will now move on to the full Legislature.
The intent behind this bill is to make Maine’s apprenticeship programs more successful and competitive and to create another incentive to keep the younger generation of Mainers in the State.