Addressing Workforce Challenges through Apprenticeships

By Romanita Matta-Barrera, Chief Workforce Officer, SA WORX

The third week of November marks the 7th annual National Apprenticeship Week, a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, workforce, education, and government leaders showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities.

What exactly is an apprenticeship, you ask? 

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential.

Through an apprenticeship program, you can obtain paid, relevant work experience while acquiring the skills and credentials that employers value. 94% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000. 

We celebrated apprenticeships at our recent Mind the Gap session, moderated by me, where I invited panelists to share their experiences with apprenticeship programs, the benefits of apprenticeships, and the value they provide to employers and apprentices alike!

Mind the Gap: Addressing Workforce Challenges through Apprenticeships is part of the ongoing Mind the Gap series which addresses closing the skills gap throughout industries. This series brings local, state, and national guests together to discuss their experiences surrounding key workforce matters. 

On Thursday, November 18th, panelists Bill Cox, Cox Manufacturing Company President & CEO and Quincy D. Harper Sr., USAF (Ret), Military Recruiting Liaison Accenture Federal Services will addressed what kinds of skills apprentices are learning and how they apply in different fields, what apprenticeships mean regarding the future of our economy, apprenticeship programs that are targeted for different groups, and much more. Also, a special message from Julian Alvarez III, Commissioner Representing Labor of the Texas Workforce Commission. 

“Apprenticeships provide people an opportunity to earn while they learn. As we are moving from a time of uncertainty, now is the time to consider apprenticeships that lead to a certain future. One of economic mobility.” 
- Julian Alvarez III, Commissioner Representing Labor of the Texas Workforce Commission

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