MONTGOMERY, AL – National Apprenticeship Week. A proclamation signed by Governor Kay Ivey was presented to Apprenticeship Alabama partners on November 15, 2017 at the Alabama Department of Commerce as part of National Apprenticeship Week. The program started at 10am and was held in the “Hall of Flags” at The Alabama Center for Commerce.
Immediately after the proclamation ceremony, The Department of Commerce and Apprenticeship Alabama hosted a roundtable industry discussion to address the current and future needs of business and industry in regards to apprenticeship programs in Alabama.
US Dept. of Labor Southeast Region Director, Garfield Garner, lead a discussion on National Registered Apprenticeship trends nationwide and for Alabama. There was also a brief update on the work that Apprenticeship Alabama is doing to engage more companies in apprenticeship programs.
This discussion included leaders from business and industry, Career Technical Education, Alabama Community College System, Department of Commerce, AIDT and other stakeholders in Alabama.
“National Apprenticeship Week is a great time to highlight the many services available to Alabamians. The ability to ‘earn while you learn’ can provide opportunities to some that otherwise wouldn’t be able to enter high-skill, high-wage industries.” stated Fitzgerald Washington, Alabama Secretary of Labor.
“Apprenticeships have proven time and again that they benefit not only companies but also employees. Anything we can do as a state to help both means we all win,” said Ed Castile, Deputy Secretary of Commerce.
The third annual National Apprenticeship Week was celebrated November 13 – 19, 2017.
Founded in 1971, AIDT is Alabama’s Workforce Training agency and encourages economic development through job-specific training. Training services are offered in many areas, at no cost, to new and expanding businesses throughout Alabama.