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Governor Hochul Issues Declares November New York State Apprenticeship Month - Celebrates Nation-Leading Apprenticeship Program With More Than 17,000 Apprentices in Various Skilled Trades & More Than 900 Programs Across The State

Published Friday, November 11, 2022
by Governor Hochul’s Press Office
Governor Hochul Issues Declares November New York State Apprenticeship Month - Celebrates Nation-Leading Apprenticeship Program With More Than 17,000 Apprentices in Various Skilled Trades & More Than 900 Programs Across The State

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Governor Kathy Hochul has issued a proclamation declaring November as New York State Apprenticeship Month

The proclamation celebrates New York's Apprenticeship Program, which is one of the largest in the Nation with more than 17,000 Registered Apprentices in various Skilled Trades and more than 900 programs across the State. 

Registered Apprenticeships offer a critical pathway for New Yorkers to access quality career opportunities through hands-on learning and direct work experience with high wages and good benefits. 

"Apprenticeships act as a critical launch pad for impactful, high-wage careers, and we are proud to have one of the Nation's strongest and most robust Apprenticeship Programs right here in New York," Governor Hochul said. 

"During the inaugural New York State Apprenticeship Month, we celebrate the many local businesses that are expanding opportunities for New York job seekers and the thousands of Registered Apprentices, Labor Groups and Trade Organizations working to fill critical jobs and build our State's talent pipeline," the Governor said.   

There are currently 17,113 Registered Apprentices participating in various Skilled Trades in 912 programs powered by 622 sponsors across New York State. 

Participation in New York State Registered Apprenticeships continues to grow, State Officials added, with 79 new programs and 15 new Trades in the last year alone.   

Registered apprenticeships have been the backbone of the Construction Industry for decades.

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said: "Registered Apprenticeships empower New Yorkers to earn money to support themselves and their families, while learning the skills they need to succeed.  I thank Governor Hochul for shining a spotlight on this time-honored program, which is giving New Yorkers of all backgrounds unprecedented opportunity to secure rewarding, in-demand careers across the economic spectrum."     

Gary LaBarbera, who serves as President of the New York State Building Trades, said: "As New York continues to invest in critical infrastructure and clean energy projects, Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs that offer practical, onsite training, will play a key role in developing a highly-skilled workforce of tradesmen and Tradeswomen who can effectively drive these initiatives forward. We thank Governor Hochul for highlighting the crucial role of these programs by designating November as New York State Apprenticeship Month.  We remain committed to offering New Yorkers from marginalized communities and diverse backgrounds a path to good-paying jobs and the Middle Class via a career in the Unionized Construction Industry and look forward to seeing the continued contributions these individuals make in building New York back better."

To Read This Labor News Story In Its Entirety, Go To: www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-issues-proclamation-declaring-november-new-york-state-apprenticeship-month

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