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Businesses, unions, government entities and community organizations are invited to register now for the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board’s career event on youth and community apprenticeship opportunities on May 6 at Raritan Valley Community College. 

The GRWDB’s Youth Apprenticeship Week Career Event, held during the first National Youth Apprenticeship Week, will provide attendees with the opportunity to network and learn about Registered Apprenticeships options available to the workforce-bound students and other jobseekers looking for a career path that provides financial security and independence. 

The free event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6 at the Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center on Lamington Road in Branchburg. Businesses, unions, school programs, service providers, governmental agencies and other organizations can register here to participate as exhibitors and network with attendees. There is no charge to participate as either an exhibitor or attendee. 

“Registered Apprenticeship programs like the Career Event we are hosting on May 6 is a proven way for community members to obtain pathways to secure high-paying careers in different fields,” said GRWDB Director Paul Grzella. “We are proud to support Youth Apprenticeship Week and to showcase the impact apprenticeships have on building the workforce in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties and around the state. 

“We thank the GRWDB Youth Committee for their assistance with the event, as well as RVCC and the county commissioners in both counties for their ongoing support of our local workforce development programs.” 

The free Career Event there will include a light meal available for visiting attendees, as well as a program presentation from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. that features young workers sharing their apprenticeship experiences and explaining how the program has transformed their lives. 

For more information, contact GRWDB Contract Compliance and Engagement Specialist Jeanne Cassano at or call 908-541-5785. 

About Youth Apprenticeship Week  

Youth Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration that highlights the benefits and value of registered apprenticeship program opportunities for youth, ages 16 to 24. Employers, educators, labor unions, state and federal agencies, and workforce professionals across the country are launching apprenticeship programs that allow young workers to earn competitive wages while obtaining relevant training and experience to start their careers. 

The GRWDB’s event is just one of many happening across the country. YAW events and activities showcase and promote high-quality, inclusive, in-demand career pathway opportunities through Registered Apprenticeship programs. Registered Apprenticeship program events include Apprenticeship recruitment fairs, Apprenticeship Open houses, Career discovery boot camps, Hackathon competitions, social media challenges, Apprenticeship graduations, signing ceremonies for new programs, Virtual tours for students, podcasts, and more. 

About the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board 

The GRWDB oversees federally and state-funded career and employment services for businesses and residents in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Programs and initiatives are guided by a board of private business representatives, labor unions, community-based organizations, educational entities, and other partners who set larger policy initiatives based on metric-based, state-developed data, as well as direct customer and employer feedback. For more information about the board and its services, go to