The U.S. Department of Labor will hold its sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 8-14. The nationwide celebration gives businesses, communities and educators the opportunity to highlight their apprenticeship programs and apprentices. It also demonstrates the value apprenticeship programs offer businesses, careers seekers and the community as a whole.
The weeklong initiative focuses on themes and industries in which apprenticeships are making a significant difference for American workers. This includes technology, healthcare, financial services, advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and more.
“National Apprenticeship Week 2020 will highlight the ways in which apprenticeships can help Americans succeed in our nation’s major industries,” said Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training John Pallasch. “As our nation gets back to work, apprenticeships can help workers earn an income while learning new skills that will help them succeed in the recovering economy.”
Apprenticeships are industry-driven, quality career pathways in which employers can develop and prepare their future workforce. Individuals can also obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction and transferable credentials. The department oversees both Registered Apprenticeship Programs and Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs. These assist employers in developing an immediate pool of workers with the right skills for available jobs. They also allow workers to get a paycheck from day one while they build skills in a new career.