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Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week!

Monday, November 15, 2021

After a year that sidelined many in-person activities, including those that encompassed work-based learning, celebrating this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is more important than ever. Established in 2014, this annual event recognizes the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeships for business, industry and the workforce.

This year, National Apprenticeship Week is set for Nov. 15-21, and Iowa is participating in events across the state that showcase the importance of Registered Apprenticeships. The Iowa Department of Education will be profiling five different high school apprenticeship programs on our website and social media accounts during the week. These highlights will provide details on different career fields that are being explored through apprenticeships and why each school feels these training opportunities are important for their students.

"Registered Apprenticeship provides an alternative route into an occupation for Iowans who may be unwilling or unable to put their life on hold to go back to school full-time,” said Joe Collins, education consultant at the Iowa Department of Education. “An apprenticeship allows someone to earn a paycheck while they are learning, both on the job and in the classroom. Our community colleges often provide a world class education for apprentices, and we look forward to expanding that out much further in the years ahead."

Many of Iowa’s 15 community colleges will be celebrating the importance of apprenticeships and their partnerships with local businesses at individual events. Samples of area activities include:

  • North Iowa Area Community College is holding an event for businesses where an employer and apprentice will share their story and successes. A second event will be held on campus for students to talk about the benefits of apprenticeship programs and earn-and-learn models.
  • Kirkwood Community College will be representing their apprenticeships program at the Mission Recovery Summit. They will also hold an exploratory welding apprenticeship discussion at the Welding Advisory Board that week as well as participate on a Registered Apprenticeship panel for Iowa Workforce Development.
  • Hawkeye Community College is hosting a lunch for their apprenticeship partners and local businesses who want to learn about apprenticeship training. Businesses who currently use apprenticeship training and local school leaders involved in work-based learning opportunities and pre-apprenticeships will be in attendance to share best practices.
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College and Iowa Lakes Community College are holding proclamation signings in their communities to commemorate the week.

Registered apprenticeship programs provide students with classroom and technical education as well as worksite experience. It is a valuable way for students to further their career exploration and build real-life skills. Apprentices can also earn college credits and industry-recognized credentials, network with a potential employer and earn actual wages during these experiences.

Employers also benefit from apprenticeship programs since they are able to meet with the future workforce early. They can provide students with specialized, hands-on training and introduce their company culture.

“Our apprenticeship program was established to give folks an alternative to the more traditional college path,” said Dan Greteman, vice president and chief information officer at Ruan Transportation Management Systems in Des Moines. “We have apprentice program graduates who are gaining valuable on-the-job training, and this formal training augments their learning and career advancement.”

National Apprenticeship Week brings together industry, labor, equity, workforce, education and government leaders to show the impact and importance of Registered Apprenticeship for businesses, communities and the talent pipeline.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on December 06, 2021 at 8:19pm.