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Iowa celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Date: Monday, November 9, 2020

"2020 National Apprenticeship Week"The benefits and opportunities of registered apprenticeship programs are being showcased through events held this week as part of National Apprenticeship Week, which runs Nov. 8-14.

Now in its sixth year, the week is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities and educators the opportunity to draw attention to apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers.

Apprenticeship programs for youth between the ages of 16-24 combine academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience. It provides the foundation for youth to choose among multiple pathways – to enroll in college, begin full-time employment, or a combination. Programs like these allow youth to explore a career and develop occupational skills while still in high school.

“Apprenticeships are developing a greater relevance to the professional career skills students are learning in high school,” said Tim Felderman, West Delaware High School principal. “By having students demonstrate these skills on a daily basis, employers and teachers can give instant feedback to improve these skills.”

About Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Registered Apprenticeship programs are industry-approved programs sponsored by an employer or other organization and must meet parameters established under the National Apprenticeship Act.

Find National Apprenticeship Week events that are being held close to you.

Check out for more information on registered apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa.

Looking for a business partner that may be interested in starting apprenticeships? Check out Iowa’s Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning.