Youth Apprenticeship Week Celebrates Opportunities for Employers and Career Seekers

 As the first Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW) approaches from May 5-11, 2024, communities across the nation are gearing up to celebrate the transformative power of registered apprenticeship programs for youth ages 16-24. YAW aims to increase awareness for invaluable educational programs that lead to employment through. The SEMCA Michigan Works! Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) proclaims May 5-11 as Youth Apprenticeship Week in Southeast Michigan.

“Celebrating the inaugural Youth Apprenticeship Week is a testament to the WIN Board of Directors commitment to fostering talent, empowering career seekers, and building career pathways leading to good jobs. Youth Apprenticeship Week is more than just a celebration—it’s a call to action to invest in the next generation of skilled professionals who will drive innovation and success in our communities,” expressed Michele Economou Ureste, Executive Director of Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN).

Building upon the success of National Apprenticeship Week, YAW is a collaborative effort involving employers, educators, labor unions, workforce professionals, and partners nationwide. By hosting events and activities throughout the week, Michigan Works! agencies, community colleges, and stakeholder partners aim to raise awareness of the life-changing potential of registered apprenticeships and their role in cultivating a skilled and diverse talent pipeline for critical industries.

“Washtenaw Community College is proud to partner with employers and community organizations to offer hands-on education and training apprenticeship opportunities to fill high-demand jobs and grow our economy,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca. “Our status as a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship intermediary is opening doors for exciting new work-and-learn programs through USDOL-approved occupations.”

“As a U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Ambassador, GST Michigan Works!, recognizes the pivotal role registered apprenticeship programs play in shaping the future workforce and driving economic prosperity. Youth Apprenticeship Week serves as a powerful call to action to invest in talent and cultivate the next generation of skilled professionals,” said Jody Kerbyson, GST Michigan Works! CEO. “Together with our partners and stakeholders, we are committed to harnessing the power of apprenticeships to build resilient communities and empower individuals to thrive in the workforce of tomorrow.”

WIN Region Southeast Michigan YAW events include, but are not limited to:

  • Building Better Futures Panel – Registered Apprenticeship in the Skill Trades- Tuesday, April 30 from 8-10 AM at Holt High School in partnership with Capital Area Michigan Works!
  • Skilled Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Info Session- Wednesday, May 1 from 5:30 – 7 PM on the campus of Oakland Community College – Auburn Hills Campus.
  • Apprenticeship Fair- Wednesday, May 1 from 4 – 7 PM. Located at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in partnership with Job Developer’s Alliance and Washtenaw Community College.
  • Michigan Construction Career Days- Wednesday, May 1 & Thursday, May 2 from 7 AM – 3 PM at Operating Engineers 324 in Howell.
  • Youth Apprenticeship Celebration and Job Fair- Thursday, May 2 from 8 AM – 2 PM located at the Wilson Talent Center, Mason in partnership with Capital Area Michigan Works!
  • Empowering Young Minds for a Brighter Future Panel- Friday, May 3 at 8:30 AM at Hill Center CTE, Lansing in partnership with Capital Area Michigan Works!
  • Apprenticeship And Pre-Apprenticeship Information Session- Tuesday, May 7 at 6 PM on the campus of Schoolcraft College.
  • Tuition-Free Apprenticeship Info Session- Wednesday, May 8 from 4 – 6 PM. Hosted by Macomb Community College (Virtual Session).
  • Establishing, Growing & Maintaining Apprenticeships through Pre-Apprenticeship– Thursday, May 9th from 8-10 AM at Washtenaw Community College.
  • Youth Apprenticeship Focusing on Skilled Trades- Thursday, May 9 from 4 – 6 PM. Hosted on the campus of Monroe County Community College in partnership with SEMCA Michigan Works!
  • Develop Your Career Pathway Through Apprenticeship– Friday, May 10 from 8:30 – 11 AM on the campus of Henry Ford College, Dearborn in partnership with SEMCA Michigan Works!

“The inaugural Youth Apprenticeship Week marks a significant milestone in our collective efforts to empower the workforce of tomorrow. SEMCA Michigan Works! is committed to supporting area youth and is collaborating with employers, educators, and workforce professionals to create robust apprenticeship programs,” stated SEMCA Michigan Works! CEO Gregory Pitoniak. “These programs are more than just training; they are a promise of a brighter future, offering our youth the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in the competitive global economy.”

“Community partnerships are the bedrock of progress and innovation in registered apprenticeship programs. Through the shared vision and collaboration with the WIN Board of Directors and stakeholder partners, WIN collaboratively builds bridges of opportunity and support to empower learners and communities to thrive. We look forward to many more opportunities for collaboration through the earn-while-you-learn model,” said Economou Ureste.

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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 visit

Download the WIN YAW Proclamation by clicking here.

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