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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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DWD Secretary Celebrates Apprenticeship Week in Milwaukee

Event highlights new Pharmacy Technician training with CVS Health

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen, U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) – Office of Apprenticeship Deputy Administrator Daniel Villao and Employ Milwaukee President and CEO Earl Buford kicked-off National Apprenticeship Week Monday, November 14. The celebration included the signing of the new Pharmacy Technician Registered Apprenticeship standards with employer CVS Health.

The event follows Governor Scott Walker proclaiming November as Career Development Month and November 14-20 as Apprenticeship Week in Wisconsin, highlighting Registered Apprenticeship as an effective career and talent 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 Employ Milwaukee, technical colleges and employers like CVS Health, Registered Apprenticeship continues to thrive as a proven talent solution in our state."

Employ Milwaukee was awarded a $3 U.S. DOL grant called Compete Midwest to partner with the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment to share best practices and technical assistance to expand and initiate new Registered Apprenticeships, including Pharmacy Technician training. DWD's Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards approved Pharmacy Technician training standards with CVS Health at Monday's event.

“Apprenticeship provides an excellent opportunity for Milwaukeeans to get on-the-job training while they earn a good income,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “By connecting individuals to Apprenticeships across industries, we are developing a highly-skilled, diverse workforce and addressing the talent shortage our employers face.”

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.

In addition to the Employ Milwaukee grant, DWD was recently awarded these three U.S. DOL – 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: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/

Read the Governor's Career Development Month and Apprenticeship Week Proclamations.