National Apprenticeship Week!

November 13 - 17, 2017


See what states are doing this week to highlight apprenticeship!

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The DES Apprenticeship Office oversees 145 registered apprenticeship programs and more than 3,300 apprentices throughout the state. New opportunities are created every day and serve as an excellent alternative to a traditional 4-year college. #ApprenticeshipWeek2017

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DC Department of Employment Services Director Donald and Apprenticeship DC featured in The Washington Post

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) and Director Odie Donald II were featured in the Washington Post today, Tuesday, November 28. The article highlights Apprenticeship DC and the work being done by DOES to connect 25,000 unemployed residents to well-paying jobs as a pathway to the middle class. "We have apprenticeships that touch both traditional and nontraditional industries," stated Director Donald. "I don't want to say there is nothing that is not apprenticable, but there are very few occupations that are not apprenticable."

The article mentions Mayor Muriel Bowser's commitment to apprenticeships in the District Including a recent announcement where "she would allocate $400,000 in additional grants to the city's apprenticeship program to diversify offerings and include more industries." To learn more about Apprenticeship DC and to read the article, click here!

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Gary Lane, 49, from left, Darrin Williams, 38, and Patrick Andrews, 31, at a facility of the DC Department of Public Works. The men are all part of the District's pre-apprenticeship Learn, Earn, Advance, Prosper (LEAP) program, which prepares DC residents for success in apprenticeship programs, aiming to boost participants into the middle class. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

D.C. leaders hope revamped apprenticeships can bring more residents to the middle class
November 28, 2017
The Washington Post//Perry Stein

The city has spent about $2 million on apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs since Bowser took office in 2014, paying residents while they become federally certified in a trade, said Odie Donald, director of D.C.'s Department of Employment Services. Under the administration, the number of people participating in apprenticeship programs has grown from 600 to 1,300, with about 60 percent of them living in Wards 7 and 8.

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Apprenticeship Week has officially begun in Kansas with this special celebration for the National Apprenticeship Week Proclamation at the @WestarEnergy Professional Development Center!

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  • LWC celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2017 Press Release
  • November 15th, juniors and seniors at Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge will participate in an open house to learn about the benefits of apprenticeship training.
  • November 16th, LWC administrators will travel to Shreveport to tour Caddo Career & Technical Center (CCTC) and meet with representatives from Learn4Life, a national education initiative that has proven to leverage Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding to assist students in finding employment. From this meeting, the LWC hopes to determine a strategy for integrating CCTC into the apprenticeship framework.

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation: Join us for 12 exciting events throughout the week, including a networking breakfast with the Maryland Tech Council and TranZed Apprenticeship Services, an apprenticeship sponsor appreciation ceremony, an American Hotel and Lodging Association announcement, a Youth Apprenticeship Program announcement, and a skilled craft union open house.
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2017 National Apprenticeship Week

Assistant Labor Commissioner Patricia Moran joined union representatives today at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women to discuss reentry apprenticeship opportunities.

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Apprenticeship Career Fair in Albuquerque:

American Fire Sprinkler Association!

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United Association of Journeyman & Apprentices of the Plumbing & PipeFitting Industry

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Insulation Industry International Apprentice & Training Fund for mechanical insulators.

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Sheet medal workers design, fabricate & install heating, ventilation & air conditioning .

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  • Introduction to Apprenticeship week
    Challenge yourself during National Apprenticeship Week (Nov 13 - 19), to see how apprenticeship will help your business or career. Visit to get started.
  • Apprenticeship Benefits
    For every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get $1.50 in return. That's good business sense. During National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 13 - 19, learn how to start a Registered Apprenticeship program by visiting
  • Apprenticeship Diversity of Industries
    There are more than 200 different programs and 15,000 participants in Washington apprenticeships. Electricians, carpenters and pipefitters get most of the apprenticeship news, but there are also programs in cosmetology, accounting and high tech. During National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 13 - 19), talk with one of our regional consultants by visiting
  • Apprenticeships Have a Huge labor pool
    Women and veterans are among those who can find a new career through a Registered Apprenticeship. Whether it's in construction, manufacturing, or even high tech, you can earn-while-you-learn in an apprenticeship program, and gain a marketable skill and a livable wage. See how to get into a program by visiting
  • Women in Apprenticeships
    The goal of Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) is to provide access for women into construction, manufacturing, and other careers. Giving equal access to family wage, apprentice-able careers that result in a diverse and skilled workforce lets everybody win. Visit ANEW's website ( during National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 13 - 19), to see how non-traditional employment makes the workforce stronger.
  • Take the next step
    As an employer, building a Registered Apprenticeship program doesn't have to be overwhelming. Between the U.S. Department of Labor's quick start tool kit and the state Labor & Industries' apprenticeship consultants (, there is a ton of help to get you going. Get started during National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 13 - 19, and set yourself up for success today! LINK:

MADISON - Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed next week, November 12-18, as Apprenticeship Week throughout the state. Wisconsin's Apprenticeship Week corresponds with National Apprenticeship Week and provides an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the nation's first regulated Apprenticeship program as well as put a spotlight on the high-quality careers an Apprenticeship program can provide.

"Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship program provides thousands of Wisconsin workers with vital training that employers demand," Secretary Allen said. "Under Governor Walker, Wisconsin continues to invest in workforce training that will advance Wisconsin's economy and attract businesses from around the world."

Wisconsin DWD's Registered Apprenticeship program, which was created in 1911 and has served as a national model for generations, provides a value-added training model for as many as 11,000 apprentices and 2,500 employers in over 200 occupations across the state annually.

Throughout Apprenticeship Week, the Department of Workforce Development's (DWD) Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards will be coordinating numerous events centered on Apprenticeship training opportunities in Wisconsin:

  • The week will kick-off with a meeting of participants in the Wisconsin Leaders Program, consisting of apprenticeship leaders at all levels throughout the state to discuss best practices and share information.
  • Throughout the week, apprenticeship training centers throughout Wisconsin will be opening their doors for open houses, presentations and tours aimed at increasing awareness of the opportunities stemming from an apprenticeship program.

For more information on these and additional events, please visit:
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See a calendar of Apprenticeship Week Events on the USDOL website