Apprenticeship Operator Hub

“Where employer needs and student’s opportunities are mutually connected”

The Bunker Hill Apprenticeship Operator Hub will serve as a hub for the hospitality, early childhood education and technical sector of the workforce to meet the needs of employers in the Greater Boston and northeastern region of Massachusetts. These three sectors are critical to workforce needs and in demand trained workers. The Center will meet the state’s need to expand, diversify and enhance apprenticeships with a coordinated approach leading to degree and non-degree Industry recognized credentials.  This hub will be located on the Charlestown Campus.

The Apprenticeship Hub meets Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards for all Registered Apprenticeships

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is driven by the industry and provides a pathway for individuals to obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction and an industry credential.  Key components of the apprenticeship include employer engagement and involvement, structured on the job training (OJT-2000 hours), related technical instruction (150 hours), progressive wage increase for skills gained and industry credential.

  • Paid Work Experience
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Industry Credential

How Apprenticeships Foster Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The goal of the Massachusetts Division of Apprenticeship Standards is to ensure increased participation of underrepresented groups for apprenticeship opportunities in the Commonwealth.  People of Color, Women, People with Disabilities, Veterans and Returning Citizens.

How Apprenticeships Benefit the Employer

  • Create flexible training options that ensure workers develop the right skills
  • Recruit and develop a diverse and highly-skilled workforce
  • Foster a diverse and inclusive culture
  • Improve profitability and positive impact to your bottom line
  • Minimize cost with reduced turnover and liability
  • 92% of apprentices continue employment after completing an apprenticeship
  • POTENTIAL Registered Apprenticeship Tax Credit

How Apprenticeships Benefit the Student

  • Earn while Learning
  • Structured on the job trainings
  • Related technical instruction
  • Employer pathways, partnerships and involvement
  • Industry credential and employment

What are next steps?  Are you a student looking for an apprenticeship or an employer looking to create an apprenticeship?  Please send an email to Assistant Director of the Apprenticeship Hub, Yvonne Dunkley

Apprenticeship Programs

Early Childhood Development

Earn a degree in Early Childhood Development

The program is a two-year associate degree program where learners earn their Early Childhood Development degree while working in the field. Apprentices receive at least 2,000 hours per year of paid on the job training and complete college coursework free of charge. Upon completion of the program, apprentices are eligible for full-time employment with increased pay*.

Apprentices completing an A.S. in Early Childhood Development qualify to be Lead Teacher Certified by Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) standards.

*Employment decisions are made by participating employers.

Program Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be willing to work in the City of Boston
  • Must be eligible for work in the US

Previous experience is not required but is preferred.

Contact Yvonne Dunkley, Assistant Director of the Apprenticeship Hub at


Yvonne Dunkley

Assistant Director of the Apprenticeship Hub