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Date:November 10, 2021
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Gov. Edwards proclaims Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Week in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana will celebrate apprenticeship programs and apprentices next week with a series of events, including a statewide virtual fair hosted by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC). As part of the 7th annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), Gov. John Bel Edwards officially proclaimed Nov. 15 through Nov. 21 as Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Week in Louisiana.

“Ensuring that Louisianans who are interested in starting or transitioning to new careers have the opportunity to learn new skills is critical to having a well-trained workforce,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Knowing these programs are in place makes our state even more attractive to various companies seeking to relocate or expand. I’m proud to celebrate this week and all of the programs that provide continuous training which ultimately connects people to jobs that are rewarding and provide them a great quality of life.”

Louisiana received its first federal Registered Apprenticeship grant in 2016, and since then the number of programs has nearly doubled with 75 opportunities now offered and more than 3,800 active apprentices. As of this year, program sponsors in Louisiana are now also eligible for a tax credit equal to $1.25/hour worked per calendar year up to $1,250 for each eligible apprentice.

“These programs are a valuable tool for building our state’s workforce and helping it reach its full potential,” said LWC Secretary Ava Cates. “With opportunities in health care, carpentry, manufacturing and more, Registered Apprenticeships are great for people who are just starting their careers or folks looking to gain new skills or switch careers entirely.”

The National Apprenticeship Week events in Louisiana include the following:

1. Statewide Apprenticeship Fair: Register Here!

November 17, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Through LWC's virtual job fair platform, job seekers will be able to communicate with programs and inquire about Registered Apprenticeship opportunities throughout the State of Louisiana in a variety of different industries and career paths.

2. Louisiana Virtual Apprenticeship Expo: Register Here!

November 17, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

LOSFA will host a statewide webinar for high school students, highlighting the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship as a career pathway. This event will feature speakers from LOFSA, USDOL and LWC, as well as recent apprentices.

3. Urban League – Apprenticeship Career Expo at Scotlandville High School

November 19, 2021 – 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Urban League of Louisiana is connecting high school juniors and seniors in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to employment, education, and local service providers. It also gives them a chance to practice interacting and communicating with business professionals.

4. Registered Apprenticeship Healthcare Accelerator with H-CAP: Register Here!

November 30, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join the Healthcare Career Advancement Program in partnership with The Louisiana Workforce Commission, and Apprenticeship Louisiana. Hear from healthcare providers on how they have integrated Registered Apprenticeships into their current workforce training programs.

Registered Apprenticeships allow workers to earn money as they receive structured on-the-job training and instruction in more than 1,300 different occupations throughout the country. Some programs also offer dual accreditation through post-secondary education institutions that apply apprenticeship credits towards an associate degree.

On average, people who complete an apprenticeship earn an annual salary of $50,000, and for every dollar employers spend, they get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity.

For more information on Registered Apprenticeship programs in Louisiana, click here!

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