National Apprenticeship Week in November

 

Join COWIC/ OhioMeansJobs-Columbus-Franklin County and the U.S. Department of Labor for the first National Apprenticeship Week from November 2-6.

Apprenticeship is an “earn and learn” training model that combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. Companies that offer apprenticeship programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits and more.

While 75 years ago, the apprenticeship system began in construction and other skilled trades, today there are apprenticeships in more than 1,000 occupations, including careers in healthcare, IT, energy and more. The goal of the National Apprenticeship Week  is to educate businesses and leaders about the importance of apprenticeship programs that can lead to great jobs that also help positively impact our economy.

Ohio has more than 1,100 registered apprenticeship programs in fields as diverse as aerospace, construction, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and utilities. Each program includes, at minimum, 2,000 hours of structured on-the-job training and 144 hours per year of related technical instruction.

The U.S. currently has approximately 375,000 apprentices working with more than 150,000 employers. Last year, President Barack Obama established a goal of doubling the number of apprenticeships within five years. The inaugural National Apprenticeship Week is one of several initiatives helping achieve that goal.

National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for the apprenticeship community to tell the story of apprenticeships and is an invitation to business and industry, education, career seekers, community based organizations, students, and workers to learn about the real world advantages of developing careers through adoption of the apprenticeship model.  Apprenticeship is for those who aspire to be great, lead in innovation and creativity, strive to innovate in business and industry, and recognize the value of combining paid on the job learning coupled with a substantial educational component to build generational greatness in careers and commerce.

Help us spread the word on National Apprenticeship Week  by tagging us on Facebook or Twitter (@CentralOHworks) using the hashtags #ApprenticeshipWorks and #NAW2015 to elevate and expand the conversation.

For more information on how your business can take part in apprenticeship programs in central Ohio, contact Jo Youngs at COWIC:
[email protected] or 614-583-1333.

Read more about apprenticeship initiatives:

The Ohio State Apprenticeship Council

The largest apprenticeship investment in U.S. history

Expanding apprenticeships to invest in American workers

Watch the National Apprenticeship Week webinar on YouTube