How does this sound? You get paid to learn and gain practical experience in a new career! That's what happens in an apprenticeship. National Apprenticeship Week is November 14-20, 2022.
The federal resource Apprenticeship.gov is the one-stop source to connect career seekers, employers, and education partners with apprenticeship resources. Discover apprenticeships across industries, how programs are started by employers, and how to become an apprentice. It is a division of the U.S. Department of Labor. You can read some of the success stories.
You might think of apprenticeships as teaching construction skills, welding, electrical, heating & cooling , or truck driving but there is so much more. Through the Apprenticeship.gov portal or the Kansas Works Office you can seek out and apply to learn to be a bio-manufacturing technician, cook, wardrobe supervisor, safe and vault service mechanic, facilities inspector, training specialist, horticulturist, pharmacy technician, cyber security technician, or IT technician.
The apprenticeship system brings together employers needing skilled workers with people needing skills and jobs. It addresses the need for skilled workers and worker shortages. Training can be very specific to the needs of a company or industry, or it can teach broader skills. The more specialized the skills acquired, the higher the income will be. Some apprenticeships are for specific types of people: youth programs, veterans (called Helmets to Hardhats), or specifically for women.
Kansas programs are under the Department of Commerce, called KansasWorks: Office of Registered Apprenticeship. Kansas currently reports 3500 apprentices in 163 occupations under 91 sponsors.
This year there is a National Apprenticeship Week Summit on Nov. 17 at Townsite, Topeka. There will be panels, speakers and awards presentations.