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Southern Indiana Works Hosting Apprenticeship and Trades Fair for National Apprenticeship Week
New Albany, IN – Southern Indiana Works (SIW) today announced its recognition and celebration of the U.S Department of Labor’s 9th Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) with an Apprenticeship and Trades Fair taking place at Prosser Career Education Center, 4202 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN on Thursday, November 16th from 3pm – 6pm.
Those considering a career in skilled trades are encouraged to attend and meet with industry experts, training providers, and top local employers to explore the opportunities and benefits of a career in the trades. Event exhibitors include Amatrol, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Boyd CAT, Built to Succeed IN Careers in Construction, IBEW Local 369, IKORCC Carpenters Union, Indiana University Southeast, IUOE Local 181 JATP, Ivy Tech Community College, Jim O’Neal Ford, Meeks Hardwood Flooring, Mister “P” Express, Southeast PHCC, and TARC. High school students, college students, career changers, and licensed tradespersons are all welcome to attend!
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) was established by the U.S. Department of Labor to showcase and promote high-quality, inclusive, in-demand career pathway opportunities through Registered Apprenticeship. NAW gives employers, including sponsors and providers, the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices so that career seekers can learn more about the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship and the programs that are available in their communities. During NAW events, apprentices have a platform to share their apprenticeship experience and how it has transformed their lives. For more information, visit apprenticeship.gov/NAW.
The theme for NAW 2023 is “Registered Apprenticeship: Superhighway to Good Jobs.” This theme reflects the prominence that Registered Apprenticeship has received as a proven and industry- driven training model for overcoming a variety of workforce and education challenges and addressing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the workplace.
Registered Apprenticeship is recognized as a key strategy to improving job quality and creating access to good-paying jobs for all, including populations historically underrepresented – women, people of color, and individuals with a disability – and underserved populations, such as youth and young adults. It addresses some of our nation’s pressing workforce shortages in teaching, advanced manufacturing, clean energy, cybersecurity, and other high-priority sectors.
Carrie Baylor, Registered Apprenticeship Coordinator for Southern Indiana Works states “Empowering our workforce through registered apprenticeships is the cornerstone of innovation and economic growth. By fostering hands-on learning and mentorship, we not only cultivate highly skilled professionals but also build a solid foundation which is inclusive of the next generation of talent allowing our region to be competitive in the global economy. We are proud to support National Apprenticeship Week and to showcase the impact apprenticeships have on building the workforce in Indiana.”
The hope is to connect individuals with opportunities in the skilled trades, providing a platform for exploration, interaction with professionals, and insights into diverse career paths. By showcasing apprenticeship programs and trade schools, the fair will promote the importance of practical skills in the workforce, fostering a direct pathway for individuals to enter the dynamic world of skilled trades.
To learn more about Registered Apprenticeship Programs, visit soinworks.com/get-started to be contacted by a Southern Indiana Works Business Consultant.
About Southern Indiana Works
Southern Indiana Works (SIW) is the Local Workforce Development Board and a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that leads the Talent Development System in Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Washington, and Crawford Counties. SIW connects jobseekers to local employers; services include skilling up talent though pre- employment training, work-based learning, career services, and incumbent worker training.
Southern Indiana Works mission is to lead a robust talent development system and cultivate a skilled workforce that advances our community, economy, and quality of life.