Federal, state officials tour Electric Boat in Groton, push apprentice programs

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GROTON, Conn. (WTNH/AP)– For over 100 years, Electric Boat in Groton has been the heartbeat of the defense industry in Southeastern Connecticut.

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo promoted federal funding for job apprenticeships during a visit to the submarine maker. They said job training is going to be a key to putting back to work people who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

They were joined at Electric Boat on Tuesday by Connecticut members of Congress and Gov. Ned Lamont. Walsh and Raimondo touted the $285 million in President Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure proposal that would create up to 2 million apprenticeships.

Electric Boat is training apprentices for a hiring spree needed to fulfill its multibillion contracts to build U.S. submarines.

News 8’S Ken Houston has more details from Groton in the video above.

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