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National Apprenticeship Week: More Apprenticeships, More Opportunity

National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the opportunities that apprenticeships offer for Americans to learn skills for good, family-sustaining jobs.

Apprenticeships provide paid, relevant workplace experiences and opportunities to develop skills job creators demand. President Trump’s Administration is working to expand apprenticeships across industries, particularly in sectors that have not typically used apprenticeships, such as information technology, advanced manufacturing, banking and finance, and healthcare.

In 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America. Following the President’s Executive Order, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta convened the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, which included leaders from business, labor, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and public officials. Earlier this year, the Task Force submitted a report to the President providing a strategy, including specific recommendations, to create more apprenticeships in the United States through the new Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship program model.

This summer, the Department announced a grant program to accelerate the expansion of apprenticeships to new industry sectors, and to increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans. Additionally, the Department launched a new digital platform: www.Apprenticeship.gov. This innovative web portal features an Apprenticeship Finder tool that offers career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state, and occupation, and connects job seekers to high-skilled, high paying careers.

Watch the videos below to see how job creators are using apprenticeships to develop a skilled workforce:

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This approach sounds great! Especially the new are of apprenticeship learning in IT, banking and health care. I'm a 2nd stage apprentice in millwright. I am 39 years old. I was a journeymen scaffold carpenter till last year when I made the switch to millwright. Something that I feel could help rise the numbers in apprenticeships is introducing apprentice programs at high schools.