CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and the Wyoming Office of Apprenticeship are celebrating the first annual National Apprenticeship Week in Wyoming. Governor Mead will sign a proclamation designating November 2-8 as National Apprenticeship Week in the state.
Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a skilled occupation.
"National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to recognize and bring awareness to the importance of apprenticeship programs in Wyoming," said Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services John Cox. "These programs foster highly skilled, self-sufficient workers. Apprenticeships also give businesses the ability to build and develop a strong talent pipeline."
In Wyoming, 371 apprentices participate in a registered apprenticeship program with 80 Wyoming employers. Registered apprenticeship programs in Wyoming are currently in place for police officers, linemen, electricians, plumbers, machinists, sheet metal workers, carpenters, gas main fitters, HVAC and iron workers.
"National Apprenticeship Week is a first for Wyoming and the United States," said Michael Ann Broad, State Director for the Office of Apprenticeship, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor. "I would like to thank Governor Mead for his support of Registered Apprenticeship, as a training model, designed to meet the skill sets needed for Wyoming's occupations. I would also like to thank program sponsors and apprentices for their dedication and commitment to training a workforce utilizing a proven work-based model. As Secretary Perez states, apprenticeship is the original college degree."
For more information about registered apprenticeships, contact Michael Ann Broad, State Director of the Wyoming Office of Apprenticeship at (307) 772-2448.