California: Governor Newsom Proclaims National Apprenticeship Week
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SACRAMENTO ~ On November 13th, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom of California issued a proclamation declaring the week of November 13th-19th as "National Apprenticeship Week". The proclamation highlighted the importance of apprenticeships in enriching the economy, workforce and education system.

The Governor noted that California is proud to be at the forefront of leading apprenticeship pathway efforts to help more Californians pursue their dreams and reach their full potential. Apprenticeships provide vital on-the-job training, job skill development and experience that lead to meaningful careers. California serves apprentices across many sectors – including building trades, health care, technology, transportation, education and in the public sector – with the goal of serving 500,000 apprentices by 2029.

This year alone, California has invested a historic $240 million across several initiatives to grow high-quality apprenticeships and help ensure that people from diverse backgrounds can access these opportunities to upskill, reskill and thrive. This includes Apprenticeship Innovation Funding which supports growth in key areas such as health care, education, civil service, transportation and arts and entertainment. In addition, the Equal Representation in Construction Apprenticeships grant funds resources for child care, outreach and community building to better support women and others underrepresented in construction careers.

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The Governor also noted that by integrating education programs and workforce development efforts into a new Master Plan on Career Education they have an opportunity to build career pathways that will empower Californians of all backgrounds with in-demand skills and connect them with employers for mutual benefit.

In conclusion he invited students, workers, employers and businesses to learn about the many benefits of apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week. He expressed his hope that together they can build a diverse and dynamic workforce that supports a stronger, fairer and more prosperous future for all Californians.

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