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Michigan marks National Apprenticeship Week

• Nov 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM

The state celebrated National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 12-18 to highlight the value of apprenticeships and the important role they play in meeting Michigan’s current and future workforce needs.

“Apprenticeships are a tried and true path to great careers in Michigan,” Talent and Economic Development Interim Director Jeremy Hendges said in a release. “Where else can you get the hands-on training that prepares you for in-demand and high-wage careers in some of the most innovative and emerging fields without accumulating tuition debt?”

Michigan this year launched Experience Sooner, an apprenticeship marketing and awareness campaign designed to inform students and those who influence them on the increasingly important role apprenticeships play in meeting the state’s current and future workforce needs.

Michigan ranked fourth in the nation for total number of active registered apprenticeships in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Labor — more than its neighboring states Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. The state also moved up five spots to third in the nation for total number of active apprentices.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded Michigan a $4 million grant to expand registered apprenticeships by more than 1,700 new apprentices and 20 new programs through Oct. 31, 2020. State leaders have grown registered apprenticeships by 10 percent in just the last year.

More than 20 events were planned during the week to highlight apprenticeships and share information on programs at colleges and other training centers.

One event includes opportunities for school counselors to gain first-hand knowledge of apprenticeship opportunities in the construction trades, including hands-on learning activities so counselors better understand the value apprenticeships provide as a post-secondary education option. Operating Engineers 324 is opening its doors to area counselors and superintendents to learn more about this high-demand field.

Apprenticeship success coordinators at Michigan Works! locations are also compiling local events and stand ready to help employers with developing new registered apprenticeships across the state.

Additional details can be found at mitalent.org/naw and apprenticeship.gov.

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