Author: US DOL Staff  Published: 11/16/2023     US Department of Labor

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National Apprenticeship Week. Nov. 13-19, 2023

Acting Secretary Su, Secretary Cardona, government officials, students and others crowd together on a stage for a group photo.

National Apprenticeship Week launches with graduation ceremony

Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Domestic Policy Advisor to the President Neera Tanden, and others kicked off National Apprenticeship Week 2023 with a graduation ceremony for students who recently completed apprenticeship programs.

“Registered Apprenticeships use proven strategies that help connect young people with good jobs and provide employers with skilled, entry-level employees,” explained Acting Secretary Su. “The apprenticeship program graduates we honored here today at the Department of Labor remind us how these programs change peoples’ lives, creating a brighter future for them and for our nation.”

Registered Apprenticeships open up opportunities for all workers

National Apprenticeship Week is going strong, involving more than 1,700 events and proclamations from communities around the country. At the start of the week, Acting Secretary Su shared success stories from some of the apprentices she’s met, and reflected on apprenticeship’s role in supporting nationwide economic growth.

Youth Apprenticeship Week. May 5-11, 2024. Photo of 5 young engineering apprentices.
Our first Youth Apprenticeship Week

Join us for the first Youth Apprenticeship Week next May as we celebrate the benefits of Registered Apprenticeships for people ages 16-24. Find ideas for participating on our Youth Apprenticeship Week webpage.

Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su poses for a photo with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and an apprentice from the Chicago Women in Trades
In Chicago, Su outlines efforts to improve the national apprenticeship system

In Chicago, Acting Secretary Su joined Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a regional convening of workforce leaders hosted by our Employment and Training Administration. Acting Secretary Su’s remarks highlighted efforts to strengthen and modernize the national apprenticeship system. She also toured a training center and met with apprentices and business leaders.

Apprentice Trailblazer. Innovators. Trendsetters. Future Leaders.
Introducing our first cohort of Apprentice Trailblazers!

Earlier this year, we announced plans to create a national network of apprentices and apprenticeship graduates whose individual stories may inspire career seekers interested in becoming apprentices. This week, we announced the 57 youth apprentices and recent apprenticeship graduates who will make up the first cohort of Apprentice Trailblazers.

YouthBuild Grants. A young woman in hardhat and safety vest smiles at a construction site.
$98M in grants available to support pre-apprenticeships in key industries

We’re making $98 million in funding available through our YouthBuild program to support pre-apprenticeships in high-demand industries including construction, healthcare, information technology and hospitality.


A young woman in protective goggles reads from a clipboard in a lab environment. Apprenticeship for vets

The earn-while-you-learn model of Registered Apprenticeship offers an excellent opportunity for veterans starting their civilian careers.

A young man with a laptop chats with two older coworkers in a professional setting. Presidential proclamation

In a National Apprenticeship Week proclamation, President Biden said, “Apprenticeships not only strengthen our workforce today, they give workers the skills needed for industries of the future.”

Exterior of a Plaza Azteca restaurant. The restaurant's logo hangs above a mosaic tile design and several tables and chairs sit on the sidewalk. $11.4M for workers

Restaurant chain operators must pay $11.4 million to employees at more than 40 Plaza Azteca locations in seven states, following investigations and litigation.

Several soldiers stand in uniform. The camera focuses on the flag patch sewn onto one service member's uniform in the foreground. TAP updates

We’re updating our Transition Assistance Program to benefit job-seeking service members, veterans and military spouses.

Close-up of an older person walking with a walker, while somebody supports their arm. Misclassification resolved

We recovered $532,842 in back wages for 67 workers from an Alabama home care employer that misclassified employees as contractors.

Two miners in protective gear walk through an underground mine Speak up, save lives

Too many miners are being hurt or sickened on the job. Join us in getting the word out about their workplace rights – including protection from retaliation.

A piece of paper on a clipboard reads, "Unemployment Insurance." Unemployment insurance guidance

We’ve released guidance to states on how to promote equitable access for all workers and jobseekers to unemployment insurance programs.


Two workers wearing high-visibility clothing, hard hats and fall protection walk near wind turbines in a field.
Growing jobs that don’t need a 4-year degree

Interested in starting a new career without having to get a 4-year degree? Check out these 10 growing jobs that don’t need a bachelor’s degree, are expected to grow faster than average and that pay above the median.


Jason Williams poses with a graduation certificate, standing with Acting Secretary Su, Secretary Cardona and Manny Lamarre
How an apprenticeship gave Jason a fresh start

Good jobs change lives. Apprenticeship can get you started. Watch Jason’s story.


How will you celebrate National Apprenticeship Week this year? We’ll be highlighting all the ways apprenticeships benefit:
✔️new/emerging industries
✔️underserved populations
✔️vets & fed employees
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