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National Apprenticeship Week

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the start of National Apprenticeship Week on Monday. This year’s events will focus on both traditional Registered Apprenticeship Programs and newly created Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.


In 1937, the National Apprenticeship Act (also known as the Fitzgerald Act) established the national apprenticeship system that has supported the training of America’s labor force for more than 80 years. Missouri is second in the nation only to California in the number of completed apprenticeships. The state has a goal of 20,000 apprenticeships by 2025. Currently, Missouri is at 13,560 apprenticeships.


Apprenticeships are industry-driven, high-quality career pathways through which employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and transferable credentials.


Learn more about apprenticeship programs in Missouri in the "Apprenticeship Missouri 2020 Playbook" from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.

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