November 2-6, 2015: Apprenticeship Week

WHEREAS, Michigan is one of the leading states across the US with a 27% increase in registered apprentices over the previous year, having over 900 United States Department of Labor (USDOL) registered apprenticeship programs, and over 12,000 active apprentices; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has continued to contribute to the success of Region 5, a 10 state region with the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship, providing Michiganders with access to apprenticeships by helping to bring together industry and academia to create a skilled pipeline of talent; and,

WHEREAS, The Michigan Apprenticeship Steering Committee, Inc. (MASCI) is educating Michigan’s workforce and employer groups on the benefits of participation in registered apprenticeships; and,

WHEREAS, The Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association (MEATA), hosts its annual Spring Apprenticeship Conference where apprenticeship and work-based training representatives from across the state of Michigan are provided unique opportunities to learn, network and collaborate; and,

WHEREAS, The Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA) champions efforts designed to provide a proven system of public-private partners to support and operate successful registered apprenticeship programs including MI-AIM, STTF, MAT2, and Career Jumpstart; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan Apprenticeships, Internships, and Mentoring (MI-AIM): The Path to Work-based Learning Opportunities in Michigan provides a comprehensive outreach and communications strategy, resources and technical assistance with the aim of creating more registered apprenticeships and promoting other types of work-based learning; and,

WHEREAS, The Skilled Trades Training Fund provides funding for businesses toward the first year of training and for the establishment of USDOL registered apprenticeships, and  funded over 180 new apprenticeships in fiscal year 2015; and,

WHEREAS, The Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program is providing over 150 students access to cutting-edge careers in advanced manufacturing, through a partnership with over 50 companies who offer apprenticeship opportunities; and, 

WHEREAS, Michigan’s Career Jumpstart Program promotes high demand careers, having a presence in high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, with a focus on retaining Michigan students;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2 – 6, 2015 as Apprenticeship Week in Michigan.