National Apprenticeship Week


WHEREAS, Registered Apprenticeship is a vital component of talent and development in many high demand and high growth sectors, and is recognized as a critical post-secondary education training ground for future employment; and

WHEREAS, the United States has pledged major resources to support apprenticeship in an effort to boost vocational education, workforce training, and job creation; and

WHEREAS, Registered Apprenticeship programs enhance economic vitality and create a stronger economic environment by producing highly skilled and competitive workers; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes the strength and leadership displayed by apprentices, which results from the dedication and generosity of sponsors and participating employers; and

WHEREAS, sponsors and participating employers provide meaningful educational opportunities through on-the-job learning and related technical and theoretical instruction, which serves to enhance the economic vitality of the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the first National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to recognize the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses, and the Virginia economy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2-8, 2015, as NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.