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Apprenticeship week proclaimed in Weld County

Posted on 11/14/2018
Apprenticeship week proclaimed in Weld CountyIn conjunction with the U.S Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week, and on behalf of the Weld County Workforce Development Board and Employment Services of Weld County (ESWC), the Board of Commissioners has proclaimed November 12-18, 2018, as Apprenticeship Week in Weld County. In celebration, ESWC will be hosting a variety of events throughout the week, including job fairs, employer panels and workshops.

“Weld County employers have participated in apprenticeships since the late 1930s,” said ESWC Division Head Tami Grant. “And the demand for skilled workers will only continue to increase – that’s why we’re committed to helping our county prepare for economic growth through apprenticeships, a proven method to meet demand and teach skills that result in rewarding careers.”

Apprenticeships provide demand-driven education, allowing apprentices to earn while they learn – helping to close the gap between the skills job creators seek and the skills job seekers need. The apprenticeship system started 75 years ago in construction and other skilled trades; today, there are apprenticeships in over 1,000 occupations, including careers in healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, energy and transportation/logistics. In Weld County alone, there are approximately 202 active apprentices training in more than 15 skilled occupations.

“Developing and expanding apprenticeships across all industries in Weld County is a priority,” said Commissioner Mike Freeman, Coordinator for the Department of Human Services. “Apprenticeships hold great promise in supporting local workforce needs while helping residents learn the skills they need for good, safe, family-sustaining jobs.”

National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education and other critical partners a chance to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship. National Apprenticeship Week also gives apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities and apprentices in their community. This year’s theme, “Apprenticeships: Creating Tomorrow,” focuses on the different ways apprenticeships are creating the economy of the future. The week-long event highlights the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse and growing industries.

Learn more about Employment Services of Weld County and view upcoming events at www.eswc.org. Employers can call (970) 400-6713 to discuss how apprenticeships can benefit their organization.
The Board of Commissioners proclaimed this week as Apprenticeship week.