TWC Celebrates Texas Apprenticeship Week and National Apprenticeship Week

Date: Nov. 12, 2018

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

Registered Apprenticeship Training Programs Highlight Pathways to Close Skills Gap 
 
AUSTIN – During national Apprenticeship Week and Texas Apprenticeship Week, The Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) ApprenticeshipTexas encourages employers to discover how Registered Apprenticeship programs provide training opportunities for businesses, education partners, labor organizations and industry associations meet the ongoing need for a skilled workforce. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation recognizing November 12-16, 2018 as Texas Apprenticeship Week to distinguish the importance of apprenticeship programs and the cutting edge of workforce development in Texas.
 
“Texas leads the nation in job creation because we empower workers and employers alike to innovate, cooperate and maximize their potential,” Governor Abbott said. “ApprenticeshipTexas takes one of the oldest ideas in workforce development – on-the-job training – and leverages the priceless experience it creates to rapidly develop our workforce to meet the needs of the most in-demand jobs of the 21st Century economy. Texas Apprenticeship Week recognizes the many ways Texans are leading in apprenticeship initiatives.”
 
Texas Apprenticeship Week recognizes leaders in business, labor, education and trade industry partners and highlights how apprenticeships prepare workers for the jobs in demand today and in the future. The Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) ApprenticeshipTexas encourages local employers and industry partners to develop new apprenticeship training programs and expand on current Registered Apprenticeship training programs for new occupations and underrepresented populations.
 
“Apprenticeship training benefits employers by helping them meet the challenges of retaining quality, skilled workers through hands-on, real world experience,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “These programs contribute to growing a company’s talent and building a well-trained workforce from within to meet their business needs.”
 
During Texas Apprenticeship Week, TWC’s ApprenticeshipTexas staff is engaging with Texas employers to help them explore apprenticeship training models and develop apprenticeship training programs which assist business owners with opportunities to teach specific skills so that new employees hired as apprentices can immediately begin to contribute their talents and skills. Apprentices are empowered to be hands-on from day one, while also earning a paycheck and engaging in the workplace. Upon completion of the training program, apprentices receive a national recognized certification and have little to no student debt. 
 
“Texans have options when it comes to preparing for 21st century careers. Workers can earn and learn at the same time, teaching them skills in high-demand industries,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Trainees earn a wage while preparing for a career with increased skills that will help them compete in a high-demand job market.” 
 
There are more than 447 registered apprenticeship programs across Texas. In FY 2017, more than 238,549 individuals nationwide entered the apprenticeship system, including over 6,000 in Texas. Nationwide, there are over 585,026 apprentices currently obtaining the skills they need to succeed while earning the wages they need to build financial security (Texas has over 17,333 apprentices). 
 
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average annual wage for a journeyworker after completing an apprenticeship is $60,000 a year. More information can be found in the Start an Apprenticeship Program in Texas video.
 
“Many world-class Texas employers already recognize how effectively apprenticeship models prepare their workforce with the skills and training needed to compete in our high-tech, constantly changing economy,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas.  “We encourage employers in all of Texas diverse industries to celebrate Apprenticeship Week and learn more about the ways this innovative training model can help them stay competitive and agile while creating amazing opportunities for Texas workers.” 
 
Employers seeking information on building the core components of a Registered Apprenticeship training program should contact TWC at ApprenticeshipTexas@twc.state.tx.us or visit the ApprenticeshipTexas website.
 
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