National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring together business, labor, education and other critical partners to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the skills gap for the American workforce.

Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) (Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2021)

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) brought together business, labor, education, and other partners to celebrate and showcase the benefits apprenticeship programs offer in closing the skills gap in the workforce.

Apprenticeship Virtual Panels

Pathway Partnership Panel

DLR hosted this virtual panel of apprenticeship sponsors who have created youth apprenticeship programs through the Pathway Partnership Initiative program. Through these programs, students can combine classroom and on-the-job training to explore whether a career field may be the right fit for them.

Panelists: Brooke Sydow , Huron Regional Medical Center; Margaret Pennock, Associated General Contractors; and Terri Cordrey, Lake Area Technical College. Moderator: Tara Bartekoske, Department of Labor and Regulation

Watch panel recording from Tuesday, Nov. 16: 

Apprenticeship Sponsor Panel  

DLR hosted this virtual panel of apprenticeship sponsors who shared their perspective on being a Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsor. Industry associations, higher-education institutions, businesses and other workforce intermediaries can be Registered Apprenticeship sponsors.

Panelists: Steve Fiorello with Howe Inc and Michelle Grosek with Bear Butte Gardens/The Kitchen.

Watch panel recording from Thursday, Nov. 18: 

Registered Apprenticeship Stories

Discover what apprentices and employers are saying about the advantages of being in the Registered Apprenticeship program.

Share Your Stories Using Our NAW Toolkit

Submitting a Start Today SD spotlight or hosting an event during this week is a great way to draw attention to your South Dakota apprenticeship program and attract your next apprentice.  Our NAW Toolkit includes details and tips for sharing your  apprenticeships stories with us.  And it's not limited to NAW. We encourage you to share your stories or events with us throughout the year.