TOPEKA – To recognize the value and importance of the statewide Registered Apprenticeship Program in meeting the workforce needs of Kansas employers, the week of November 13-19 has been named Apprenticeship Week in the State of Kansas. Registered Apprenticeship is an industry-driven model that combines on-the-job learning with job-related instruction leading to increasing levels of measurable skill attainment and wages.
There are presently 1,753 registered apprentices in Kansas, receiving both on-the-job training and paid employment from 243 employers and expanding weekly. Through this program, apprentices receive on-the-job training from an experienced mentor for at least a full year, providing a living wage while training for a career position. They also earn credentials which can be carried forward throughout their careers. At the same time, employers benefit by meeting their growing need for a trained workforce, experience lower turnover costs and higher productivity and reduce their costs for recruiting personnel.
“The registered apprenticeship program is a winner for businesses and economic development in Kansas,” said Dr. Jeff Colyer, Lieutenant Governor for the State of Kansas. “This program is an excellent tool to help us develop highly skilled, highly productive employees who will bolster our state’s workforce and ensure that we are meeting the needs of Kansas employers, both today and into the foreseeable future.”
Apprenticeship Week will be kicked off at a ceremony held November 13, 2017 at the Westar Energy Professional Development Center at 801 NE Highway 24, in Topeka. Lieutenant Governor Colyer will be on-hand to present the Governor’s proclamation and speak about the benefits of Registered Apprenticeships toward meeting the workforce needs of Kansas employers.
The Kansas Department of Commerce will also present to Charles (Charlie) Young a Certificate of Appreciation for exemplary performance while serving official duties in key positions of the Kansas Apprenticeship Council. He has shown unwavering dedication to the council for over 21 years.