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Date:November 14, 2016
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Louisiana celebrates National Apprenticeship Week
Nov. 14 proclaimed as Registered Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Day

BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards has proclaimed Monday, November 14, as Registered Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Day to celebrate more than 3,500 registered apprentices and the incredible employer partners who lead the way to a stronger workforce.

The proclamation, together with the designation of November 14th-20th as National Apprenticeship Week by the U.S. Department of Labor, presents opportunities for business and industry, education, community-based organizations, students and workers to learn more about the advantages of developing careers through the apprenticeship model.

Apprenticeship is for those who aspire to be great, lead in innovation and creativity, strive to innovate in business and industry and recognize the value of combining paid on-the-job learning with a substantial educational component to build generational greatness in careers and commerce.

“Engaging in registered apprenticeship is a win-win for the business community and the thousands of our state’s workers eager to advance their own careers,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Ava Dejoie. “I was thrilled that our agency recently received a grant to not only increase the participation in registered apprenticeship programs by 100 percent over the next three years, but to also expand them into new fields like health care and information technology.”

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded the LWC a $1,550,000 grant for the Expanding Opportunities Today to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs project. The LWC will increase outreach to state high schools and partner with the Ochsner Health System, the agency’s primary health care partner in this initiative.

This project also aims to increase access to these programs to underrepresented populations, including women, minorities, disabled veterans, youth under the age of 24 and low-income individuals.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.


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