Apprenticeship Week Set for November

An engineer and apprentice working side-by-side in a machine shop.

National Apprenticeship Week is approaching fast. It was just announced last week, so it's okay if you haven't started planning.

According to U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, the third annual event will be held November 13-19, 2017. National Apprenticeship Week comes on the heels of National Manufacturing Day, which was held on October 6, 2017, and featured more than 2,800 events around the United States to promote modern manufacturing.

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for the expansion of apprenticeships in America, his administration has made it a priority to create new apprenticeship opportunities.

According to a release from the Department of Labor, National Apprenticeship Week calls on companies, industry associations, labor unions, and schools to work together to put a spotlight on the benefits of apprenticeship programs. Associated events could range from skills competitions to career fairs.

On October 16, 2017, Acosta revealed the members selected for the President's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. While Acosta will chair the group, the task force includes some notable members of the manufacturing sector, including Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical and Wesley Bush, Northrup Grumman's chairman, CEO and president. 

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