National Apprenticeship Week!
November 12 - 18, 2018 | #ApprenticeshipWeek2018
NASWA is connecting states and territories to learn and share promising apprenticeship strategies!
The nation comes together for one week to focus on apprenticeship, but NASWA advocates this key state workforce development initiative year-round, and we're ramping up our efforts!
- Our 2018 Legislative Priorities encourage strong investment in apprenticeships leading to well-paying, secure jobs.
- Earlier this year, we released Policy Guidelines on Apprenticeships.
- We welcomed over 500 members, including state workforce directors, staff, and other stakeholders from across the country at the 2018 NASWA Workforce Summit & UI Directors' Conference | 82nd Annual Meeting. The Summit featured a plenary speaker on apprenticeship, and a workshop that highlighted three states' experiences on expanding high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.
- Our Employment and Training Committee has an Apprenticeship Workgroup which has supported NASWA's efforts to date, and continues to develop relationships with national and state partners, including the Apprenticeship Forward Collaborative, to inform policy development and facilitate interstate discussions on apprenticeship.
See what states are doing to highlight apprenticeship!
Click on the State Title to see the detailed links
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
1. Mayor Bowser's Facebook Live Friday
Friday, November 9, 2018
3:00 P.M - 3:30 P.M.
DOES Acting Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes takes over Mayor Bowser's Facebook Live to discuss
how D.C. residents and employers benefit from apprenticeship programs. She will be joined by
former apprentice Mouhamed Alexander, owner of Sophie-J a general contracting company, who
will share his experience as an apprentice and how it helped him become an entrepreneur.
2. Apprenticeship Works for Youth
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
D.C. Department of Employment Services, 4058 Minnesota Ave. NE Washington, D.C.
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
The D.C. Department of Employment Services, Office of Apprenticeship Information and
Training is hosting an open house for D.C. youth that will include information sessions,
demonstrations with industry partners and on-site registration for apprenticeship programs.
Participants will also have the opportunity to engage one-on-one with apprenticeship sponsors.
3. Apprenticeship Works for Government
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE Washington, D.C.
11:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
The D.C. Department of Employment Services, Office of Apprenticeship Information and Training
is hosting a round-table discussion with industry partners, registered apprenticeship sponsors
and leaders to raise awareness of apprenticeship programs in the District. Toni Wilson, from
the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration will serve as the moderator
as the panel will discuss the benefits of apprenticeships, the rise of non-traditional
apprenticeships and the state of youth apprenticeships in the District. Panelists will also
share or provide insight on the work industry peers are doing to further the apprenticeship
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!
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.
News Release on Activities for National Apprenticeship Week:
National Apprenticeship Week Governor Proclamation
NEWS RELEASE: National Apprenticeship Week Highlights Opportunities for Employers, Job Seekers
Apprenticeship Week has officially begun in Kansas with this special celebration for the National Apprenticeship Week Proclamation at the @WestarEnergy Professional Development Center!
Governor John Bel Edwards has proclaimed next week National Registered Apprenticeship week in Louisiana! Here's what's coming up, so be on the lookout for more information in the days to come! #LWC #LAWorks #LWC4LA pic.twitter.com/BK6HNe6G5y
- 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 is hosting Apprenticeship Works! for National Apprenticeship Week.
Focusing on how apprenticeship works for any industry, any job, and every
Governor Hogan's Proclamation
Schedule of Events for Apprenticeship Works!
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.
See Schedule of Events
The MISSISSIPPI Apprenticeship Program and local pilot community colleges are participating in several activities to support National Apprenticeship Week.
A chain of events is taking place in and around Mississippi as we support National Apprenticeship
Week. Below are listings of some of these activities.
The Mississippi Apprenticeship Program, (MAP) has launched its website,
We are also very excited to share that we have launched two social media accounts:
Twitter - @apprenticems
Facebook - @apprenticems
Chain Electric, an RA program that partners with Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB),
is hosting their first registered apprentice graduation, November 8, at the Woodall Center
in Hattiesburg, MS. Participating in this event will be Pearl River Community College, (PRCC).
PRCC is also participating in a career fair in Hattiesburg, sharing with industries how
MAP can serve their workforce needs. Additionally, there will be a mayoral proclamation
supporting RA from the Mayor of Hattiesburg. Details on this date are in progress.
Coahoma Community College is hosting Tuesday, November 13, a RA Signing Event at the McLaurin
Vocational Technical Center as two companies sign up as RA programs.
Coahoma is also hosting a brunch on Wednesday, November 14 for companies to share information
about Registered Apprenticeship.
Hinds Community College is hosting a Declaration with Governor Bryant's office at KLLM
Copiah-Lincoln is hosting a coffee brunch with Waters International Thursday, November 15.
They are also recording a radio interview Monday, airing on Wednesday and Friday for NAW.
Copiah-Lincoln is diligently working to get a press release for media on showcasing RA and
On Monday, November 12, The MCCB is hosting a meeting with Mississippi Department of Education
(MDE) and the MS Hospital Association on youth apprenticeships in our K-12 system. MCCB is also
hosting an internal technical assistance training session on Tuesday, November 13.
State Officials Kick off National Apprenticeship Week at Missoula College
Apprenticeship Career Fair in Albuquerque:
American Fire Sprinkler Association!
United Association of Journeyman & Apprentices of the Plumbing & PipeFitting Industry ua.org
Insulation Industry International Apprentice & Training Fund for mechanical insulators. insulators.org/careers
Sheet medal workers design, fabricate & install heating, ventilation & air conditioning . smwlu49.org
Ohio IT Apprenticeship Standards Signing
Address: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH
Host Organization: Apprenti
Host Org. Industry: IT
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:00 AM
Description: This event will be held at the Ohio Statehouse to highlight the signing
of the first Registered Apprenticeship standards for IT careers. This will be attended
by the director of Ohio Dept. of Veterans Services and ApprenticeOhio. Event will be
streamed live online.
- Labor Department Hosting Apprenticeship Summit (10/17/18 news release)
- Labor Department and Lake Area Tech Hosting Welding Apprenticeship Meeting (11/8/18 news release)
- Registered Apprenticeship Week Recognized (11/8/18 news release)
- Proclamation from Gov. Dennis Daugaard
- Registered Apprenticeship Video Testimonials:
11/12/2018 02:18 PM CST
During national Apprenticeship Week and Texas Apprenticeship Week, The Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) ApprenticeshipTexas encourages employers to discover how Registered Apprenticeship programs provide training opportunities for businesses, education partners, labor organizations and industry associations meet the ongoing need for a skilled workforce. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation recognizing November 12-16, 2018 as Texas Apprenticeship Week to distinguish the importance of apprenticeship programs and the cutting edge of workforce development in Texas.
DOL - NAW Toolkit for agencies - Use social media in toolkit for second share each day
Friday, Nov 9 - Introduction to week
Apprenticeship is big buzzword these days. Everyone sees the advantages of
using Registered Apprenticeship to fill labor shortages and offer well-paying
jobs in support of a strong economy. When it's registered, an apprenticeship
has training and job-availability oversight that may be lacking in other
programs. Challenge yourself during National Apprenticeship Week (Nov 12 - 18),
to see how apprenticeship will help your business or career. Visit
to get started.
Monday, November 12 - Benefits
Smart employers know that ROI (return on investment) is one of the most important
parts of making big decisions regarding their business. That's why Registered
Apprenticeship makes sense. For every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers
get $1.50 in return. That's good business sense. During National Apprenticeship
Week, Nov. 12 - 18, watch this video to see the benefits for your business.
*VIDEO - "Top 10 reasons employers use RA" - Youtube.com
Tuesday, November 13 - Diversity of Industries
Registered Apprenticeship can take place in almost any industry or business.
In fact, 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. 12 - 18),
talk with one of our regional consultants by visiting
*VIDEO - "See the variety of careers using apprenticeship" Youtube.com
Wednesday, November 14 - Is apprenticeship a good career for me
Everyone can find a new career through a registered apprenticeship program.
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. Discover your career path by visiting
*VIDEO - "Is apprenticeship a good fit for me" Youtube.com
Thursday, November 15 - 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 ANEWâ€™s website
during National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 12 - 18), to see how non-traditional
employment makes the workforce stronger.
Friday, November 16 - Take the next step
As an employer, building a registered apprenticeship program does not 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.
During National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 12 - 18, use this toolkit to set yourself up for success today!
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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 www.goo.gl/pdwVd3 to get started.
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 www.goo.gl/pdwVd3
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 www.goo.gl/pdwVd3
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 www.goo.gl/pdwVd3
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 (www.anewaop.org) 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 (www.goo.gl/5KJUno), 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: www.goo.gl/4iFstz
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
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:
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
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