The Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) declares November 13 – 19, 2023 as National Apprenticeship Week in Southeast Michigan. National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (US DOL) Apprenticeship USA, is now in its ninth year and is once again taking center stage in Michigan. This nationwide celebration highlights the invaluable role apprenticeships play in preparing the region’s workforce for a strong and highly skilled future. This year, Michigan employers, educators, training providers, and jobseeker support organizations will host a remarkable lineup of more than 50 events for #NAW2023, with over 25 of those being hosted by the WIN Board of Directors and organizations affiliated with the WIN Apprenticeship Intermediary Program known as the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI).

Apprenticeships have proven to be a catalyst for successful careers in various industries, including Information Technology, Healthcare, Energy, Aerospace, Construction, Advanced Manufacturing, Hospitality, Financial services, and many more. The earn-while-you-learn model provided by registered apprenticeship programs equips individuals with the qualifications and competencies needed to meet the evolving demands of the Michigan economy.

Janene Erne, WIN Regional Apprenticeship Administrator and US DOL Apprenticeship Ambassador remarked on the significance of National Apprenticeship Week by saying “National Apprenticeship Week is a time to celebrate the innovative and impactful apprenticeship programs that are driving economic growth and workforce development in Southeast Michigan. We are proud to participate and showcase the opportunities apprenticeships offer to both employers and individuals alike.”

Michele Economou Ureste, Executive Director of WIN, and Gregory E. Pitoniak, CEO of SEMCA, jointly issued a proclamation in support of National Apprenticeship Week, stating, “On behalf of the SEMCA Workforce Intelligence Network Board of Directors, we hereby support apprenticeship building awareness events during National Apprenticeship Week, November 13 – 19, 2023, in support of the U.S. Department of Labor funded apprenticeship programs, Closing the Skills Gap and Apprenticeship Building America, in Southeast Michigan.”

Jennifer Tucker, Workforce Business Liaison at SEMCA, expressed her enthusiasm for the upcoming events, saying, “We are thrilled to showcase new opportunities for those in both Monroe and outlying Wayne counties. Apprenticeships are growing around the country, and we couldn’t be more excited for the future.”

Kyrsten Rue, M.Ed, Manager of Experiential Learning & Employer Relations, and US DOL Apprenticeship Ambassador at Washtenaw Community College’s Center for Career Success and Office of Apprenticeship, expressed the goals of the apprenticeship and internship job fair event, “The Transportation Tech Career, Apprenticeship, and Internship Fair will facilitate connections between job seekers and recruiters for opportunities within the transportation industry. The fair will feature a diverse range of roles with local dealerships, collision shops, and manufacturers. Our aim is to help our students and graduates shape their careers and become part of this exciting industry. We’ll also have representatives from departments at WCC, who will be there to provide resources to both employers and job seekers. We invite everyone to participate in this event and find the next step in their career journey.”

Jennifer Llewellyn, Director and Manager of Oakland County Workforce Development and Director of Oakland County Michigan Works!, shared her perspective on National Apprenticeship Week with enthusiasm: “National Apprenticeship Week is an excellent opportunity to pause and acknowledge the immense value of registered apprenticeships. I am inspired by the growing enthusiasm and energy surrounding apprenticeships across Southeast Michigan. Employers are increasingly recognizing the advantages of apprenticeship for their workforce, while the next generation is actively considering apprenticeship as a leading and attractive career choice. It’s truly exciting to be part of the team driving this apprenticeship movement in Oakland County and the broader region.”

A wide variety of events offered during #NAW2023 include informative employer sessions on developing innovative apprenticeship programs, such as Early Childcare Education hosted by GST Michigan Works! and Automotive Tech Specialist hosted by SEMCA & Monroe County Community College, hands-on demonstrations for high school students in several apprentice areas at Mott Community College and MiCareerQuest Southeast in Oakland County, a virtual Job Fair highlighting apprenticeship opportunity for veterans, Demystifying Apprenticeships at Henry Ford College for employers and career seekers, plus insightful education sessions about Women in Leadership and Developing New Career Pathways with Schoolcraft College and SEMCA, and many more.

To discover and participate in National Apprenticeship Week events happening across the state of Michigan, please visit the official NAW event page at apprenticeship.gov/naw. To view all the 19-county WIN region events visit winintelligence.org/events/.

For more information about #NAW2023 in Southeast Michigan or to schedule interviews, please contact Alysha Albrecht at Alysha.Albrecht@winintelligence.org, or call 313.495.8603.

 

ABOUT THE WORKFORCE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK (WIN):

The Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) is a collaborative effort between ten community colleges and seven Michigan Works! Agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development organization in Southeast Michigan providing employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 19-county area, including Eaton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw, and Wayne. WIN was founded with the support of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and is a division of the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA). In 2021, WIN celebrated 10 years of research, engagements, and solutions. For additional information about WIN, please visit winintelligence.org/about-us/.

 

ABOUT THE WIN APPRENTICESHIP INTERMEDIARY PROGRAM:

The WIN Apprenticeship Intermediary Program known as the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) serves as a comprehensive support system for sharing, creating, certifying, and managing U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) registered apprenticeship programs in Southeast Michigan. Made possible through substantial U.S DOL grants awarded since 2015, including the American Apprenticeship Initiative, Closing the Skills Gap, and Apprenticeship Building America. These grants have fostered collaboration among community colleges, workforce partners, and industry, growing the regional apprenticeship system and expanding opportunities for Michigan’s talent. These valuable resources are provided at no cost and are aimed at enhancing workforce development. For further information, please visit miapprenticeship.org or email info@winintelligence.org.

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