The Alabama Department of Commerce and Apprenticeship Alabama celebrated National Apprenticeship Week with a program that included the presentation of a proclamation signed by Gov. Kay Ivey and a roundtable discussion with business and industry leaders.
The proclamation ceremony featuring Apprenticeship Alabama partners was held Nov. 15 in the “Hall of Flags” at The Alabama Center for Commerce. Immediately after the ceremony, Commerce and Apprenticeship Alabama hosted a roundtable industry discussion to address the current and future needs of business and industry in regards to apprenticeship programs in Alabama.
Garfield Garner, Southeast Region director for the U.S. Department of Labor, led a discussion on National Registered Apprenticeship trends nationwide and for Alabama. In addition, Apprenticeship Alabama presented a brief update on the work it is doing to engage more companies in apprenticeship programs.
The discussion included leaders from business and industry, the Alabama State Department of Education’s Career Technical Education, the Alabama Community College System, Commerce, AIDT and other stakeholders in Alabama.
“National Apprenticeship Week is a great time to highlight the many services available to Alabamians. The ability to ‘earn while you learn’ can provide opportunities to some who otherwise wouldn’t be able to enter high-skill, high-wage industries.” said Fitzgerald Washington, Alabama secretary of Labor.
“Apprenticeships have proved time and again that they benefit not only companies but also employees. Anything we can do as a state to help both means we all win,” said Ed Castile, deputy secretary of Commerce.
The third annual National Apprenticeship Week was celebrated Nov. 13-19.