CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, the Wyoming Office of Apprenticeship and communities throughout the state will celebrate the third annual Apprenticeship Week in Wyoming during the week of November 13-19. Apprenticeship Week gives leaders in business, labor, education and other workforce partners an opportunity to raise awareness and rally support for apprenticeships in the state.
"Apprenticeships are an underutilized training tool that lead to solid, high-wage jobs," said Director of the Department of Workforce Services John Cox. "This career-ready approach holds substantial benefits for the business and the apprentice. Businesses build a talent pipeline that is hand-fit to their workforce needs while apprentices earn as they learn."
Apprenticeship Week gives apprenticeship program sponsors across Wyoming the opportunity to showcase their apprentices, programs and facilities. In Wyoming, 89 Registered Apprenticeship programs are operating with approximately 373 apprentices. Registered Apprenticeship programs in Wyoming are providing training in the following occupations: public safety, linemen, electricians, plumbers, machinists, sheet metal workers, carpenters, gas main fitters, HVAC and iron workers, etc.
"Wyoming apprenticeship sponsors and apprentices are helping to solve workforce shortages by offering industry-driven and flexible training solutions throughout the state," said Michael Ann Broad, State Director for the Office of Apprenticeship, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor. "I am pleased to see so many Wyoming communities holding events to highlight this proven work-based model."
A list of Apprenticeship Week events follow:
- November 6 - Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon to sign a proclamation (Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, 260 W. Broadway, Jackson at 6:00 p.m.)
- November 6 - Sheridan Mayor Roger Miller to sign a proclamation (Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, 171 N Main St #D, Sheridan at 7:00 p.m.)
- November 6 - Wheatland Mayor Joe Fabian to sign a proclamation (Wheatland Chamber of Commerce, 65 16th St, Wheatland at 7:00 p.m.)
- November 7 - Governor Matt Mead to sign a proclamation (Wyoming State Museum, 2301 Central Ave, Cheyenne at 10:30 a.m.)
- November 7 - Casper Mayor Kenyne Humphrey to sign a proclamation (500 N Center St, Casper at 6:00 p.m.)
- November 7 - Pine Bluffs Mayor Alan Curtis to sign a proclamation (High West Energy, Pine Bluffs at 8:30am)
- November 7 - Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King to sign a proclamation (314 S Gillette Ave, Gillette at 7:00 p.m.)
- November 7 - Cody Mayor Nancy Tia Brown to sign a proclamation (836 Sheridan Ave, Cody at 7:00 p.m.)
- November 7 - Torrington Mayor to sign a proclamation (City Council Chambers, 436 East 22nd Ave, Torrington at 7:00 p.m.)
- November 13 - Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr to sign a proclamation (Public Safety Building, 415 W. 18th Street, Cheyenne at 10:00 a.m.)
- November 13 - Glenrock Mayor Doug Frank to sign a proclamation (506 W Birch St, Glenrock at 7:00 p.m.)
- November 14 - Afton Mayor Joel Neuenschwander to sign a proclamation (150 Washington St, Afton at 5:00 p.m.)
- November 16 - Wyoming Construction Coalition, Inc. Membership Coalition will meet and registered apprenticeship will be a key topic (Little America Hotel and Resort, 2800 W Lincolnway, Cheyenne at 1:00 p.m.)
For more information regarding the apprenticeship effort in Wyoming, contact Michael Ann Broad, State Director of the Wyoming Office of Apprenticeship at (307) 772-2448 or Department of Workforce Services Deputy Administrator for Business Operations Carmalee Rose at (307) 777-8717.