Author: US DOL Staff    Published: 11/17/2022       US Department of Labor

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National Apprenticeship Week celebrates workers, employers and workforce development

It’s National Apprenticeship Week! Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh kicked off the week by reflecting on the role of Registered Apprenticeship in building a skilled and inclusive workforce over the past 85 years, and highlighting exciting initiatives the Biden-Harris administration is taking to further grow, diversify and modernize apprenticeships.

Celebrating Registered Apprenticeships around the country

The eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week includes more than 1,000 stakeholder-hosted events promoting the earn-as-you-learn model, which connects workers to paid work experience with a mentor, classroom instruction and a nationally recognized credential, and helps employers develop their workforces.

A student displays a rudimentary robot to several adults, including Secretary Walsh and First Lady Jill Biden.

Jill Biden and Secretaries Walsh, Raimondo and Cardona tout skills-based training for in-

demand careers

First Lady Jill Biden, Secretary Walsh, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with students, apprentices, teachers and business leaders in the Chicago area to discuss innovative approaches to workforce training. While there, the secretaries announced a joint effort to help expand youth engagement in career-connected programs. During a roundtable following a tour of Aon’s U.S. headquarters, Secretary Walsh announced a new Registered Apprenticeship program which will offer apprenticeships in accounting and finance.

A confident young woman smiling and giving the peace sign while standing on an aerial lift in her uniform and safety gear. City buildings are visible behind her.

Expanding pre-apprenticeship opportunities for Job Corps students

We’re expanding pre-apprenticeship opportunities for Job Corps students and connecting them to Registered Apprenticeship programs. The effort will allow Job Corps centers throughout the nation to help more students access pre-apprenticeship programs in green energy, healthcare, information technology and other high-growth industry sectors.

Julie Su speaks at a podium in the White House, in front of a crowd of people.

More apprenticeship opportunities in fast-growing cybersecurity fields

Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie Su and other federal leaders met with employers, industry associations, educators, labor representatives and the White House Office of the National Cyber Director to mark the end of the 120-Day Cybersecurity Sprint. The effort led to the development of more than 170 cybersecurity apprenticeship programs and hiring of more than 7,000 apprentices.

Two women in mechanics’ coveralls and safety glasses examine a car on a lift.

Our grants support women in apprenticeships

For three decades our grant program has helped to increase the number of women in Registered Apprenticeships and historically male-dominated jobs with higher wages.