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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

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Governor Proclaims November 14-20 as Apprenticeship Week in Wisconsin

Celebration runs in tandem with National Apprenticeship Week and follows recent Career Development Month proclamation

MADISON – Following Governor Scott Walker's proclamation declaring November as Career Development Month, Governor Walker has proclaimed November 14-20, 2016 as Apprenticeship Week in Wisconsin to highlight Registered Apprenticeship as an effective career development strategy that contributes to Wisconsin's economy by developing highly skilled workers to fill in-demand jobs with qualified and available employees.

"Wisconsin's innovative Registered Apprenticeship program is helping employers address the skills gap," said Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen. "Thanks to our strong collaborations with business and industry leaders, technical colleges and other partners, Registered Apprenticeship is thriving as a proven talent solution in our state."

DWD and Registered Apprenticeship partners across the state have planned these events to help employers, workers and youth explore local program options:

Monday, November 14:

Tuesday, November 15:

Thursday, November 17:

Friday, November 18:

Wisconsin's nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship program provides a value-added training model for as many as 11,000 apprentices and 2,500 employers in over 200 occupations across the state annually. Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week gives Wisconsin an opportunity to showcase program benefits, including enabling employers to build a customized skills training system while helping workers earn good-paying, family-supporting wages as they learn a high demand trade.

Governor Walker is a strong supporter of Wisconsin Registered Apprenticeship program and included funding for the program in the 2015-17 biennial budget. Under the Governor's leadership, DWD has taken steps to modernize and reinforce the state's Registered Apprenticeship program, including developing a bridge between model Youth Apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs to provide Wisconsin high school students with a seamless transition from work-based learning into apprenticeship training and employment.

DWD was recently awarded these three U.S. Department of Labor – ApprenticeshipUSA grants to help more Wisconsin employers and workers achieve their apprenticeship goals:

Wisconsin was a pioneer in establishing the nation's first apprenticeship law in 1911 and served as a model for developing federal apprenticeship law. Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship stewards have served as workforce development policy drivers and technical experts for more than 100 years, helping build and improve apprenticeship training at both the state and national level.

For more information on Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship program, visit: htp://dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/

Read the Governor's Proclamation for Apprenticeship Week.

Read the Governor's Proclamation for Career Development Month.