Governor signs pre-apprenticeship pact for vocational schools
Education Secretary Eliezer Ramos Parés
By THE STAR STAFF
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia, together with Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Manuel Cidre Miranda and Education Secretary Eliezer Ramos Parés, announced on Tuesday the signing of a collaborative agreement to establish a pre-apprenticeship program in vocational schools as part of the initiatives that promote labor development on the island.
The initiative will impact more than 27,000 students enrolled in vocational schools with the goal of turning them into successful professionals within emerging industries.
“Promoting an integrated education that adequately prepares our students to be successful in the work environment is fundamental to our present and future,” the governor said at a press conference. “I have been consistent that we must expand our vocational training offerings in Puerto Rico’s education system. It is a fact that as part of my programmatic commitments, the Department of Education is increasing the number of schools that make these offers and that among the new schools we are developing will be vocational schools.”
He added that “we have the lowest unemployment in the history of our island, so the need for employers to have a trained and prepared workforce to face the new challenges of the global market is increasingly evident.”
“With this project, we seek to train our young people to meet that call of the labor sector,” Pierluisi said. “The Department of Education’s vocational program is in a stage of transformation and growth, with an emphasis on continuing to temper curricula and respond to the needs of our students so that they are better prepared, so we will continue to focus on supplying the necessary tools for greater use.”