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National and State Leaders Mark Fifth Annual Apprenticeship Week

November 14th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week is underway and has included several events within the NEW North, including a breakfast, several open houses and a Find Your Inspiration—Community Exploration Event at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay, Wis.

It was also marked by proclamations issued by several national and state leaders including President Donald J. Trump and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

In his national proclamation, President Trump stated:

“Our Nation’s robust economy continues to flourish, creating new opportunities for Americans and securing our continued dominance of global markets.“

Encouraging the creation and expansion of apprenticeships is a cornerstone of my commitment to helping improve employment prospects for students and workers.

“Through workplace and classroom education, apprentices gain valuable knowledge and credentials, drastically improving their future career trajectory. Apprenticeship programs enable Americans to simultaneously earn and learn while avoiding burdensome student loans. They also guarantee American companies access to the skilled employees they need to accelerate growth and innovation. We have achieved great success increasing the availability of these invaluable programs, with 240,000 new apprentices hired and 3,300 new programs launched just last year.“

I am determined to build upon our economic successes and encourage business leaders, industry experts, and educational institutions to seize the opportunity to expand career-changing apprenticeship programs.

”Governor Evers’ proclamation pointed out that in 1911, Wisconsin became the first state to develop and implement an apprenticeship program.

In a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announcing Governor Evers’ declaration, DWD Secretary-designee Caleb Frostman said:

"Wisconsin's apprenticeship program connects workers to a combination of high-value on-the-job and classroom training, which provides apprentices with good-paying careers, the potential to achieve journey worker status, increased wages, and overall upward economic mobility."

"By working together, DWD, local employers, and labor and business organizations offering apprenticeship training are putting thousands of individuals on the path to financial success by providing participants with transferable skills that will benefit them for their entire careers."

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