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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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DWD Deputy Secretary Hagerup Speaks to National Apprenticeship Leaders in Milwaukee

State and Federal leaders in registered apprenticeship participate in summer meeting

MILWAUKEE – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Chris Hagerup spoke to national leaders of registered apprenticeships at the National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors (NASTAD) Summer Conference.

"Apprenticeships are crucial to keeping our workforce strong and our young women and men prepared for a future that needs capable and innovative workers," Hagerup said. "Wisconsin reached record-low unemployment this summer and with that comes new opportunities to strengthen programs like Registered Apprenticeship and Youth Apprenticeship."

Speaking along with Deputy Secretary Hagerup was U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship Administrator John Ladd and NASTAD President Patrick Reardon to kick off the conference's joint session that brought apprenticeship leaders from as far as Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Since January 1, 2017, employers in the U.S. have hired more than 307,000 apprentices.

Registered Apprenticeship in Wisconsin is a more than 100-year-old training program, created by the first Registered Apprenticeship law in the nation in 1911. Since then Wisconsin has grown the program from approximately 600 apprentices to more than 10,000.

For more information, please visit http://dwd.wisconsin.gov