Bevin administration launches apprenticeship initiative

09/07/2016 03:43 PM

In an effort to address the skilled-labor gap Gov. Matt Bevin and Labor Cabinet Sec. Derrick Ramsey announced a new apprenticeship initiative on Wednesday.

The program known as “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.” will focus on apprenticeships to match needs in the workforce, by drawing attention to the training tool and the non-traditional businesses that could benefit.

“In our efforts to make Kentucky the manufacturing hub of excellence in America, we recognize the value of apprenticeships and their ability to help us achieve this goal,” Bevin said in a news release. “While a significant number of employers in Kentucky already realize the potential in apprenticeships, this initiative will seek to devote more resources and identify new industries where apprenticeships can play a pivotal role.”

Bevin also released a video promoting the program and informing Kentuckians and employers how to take part in the beefed up apprenticeship program.

According to the Governor’s Office the new apprenticeship campaign will “commit new energy and resources to providing technical and marketing expertise toward this initiative and enable the Labor Cabinet to better identify and bring together key stakeholders who might benefit from a local apprenticeship pipeline.”

“The Labor Cabinet is in an important role to serve as a conduit to link employers who need skilled labor with individuals who are looking for a great career,” Ramsey said in the press release. “Once employers, high schools and postsecondary institutions at the local level begin to collaborate and streamline efforts to create career pathways, communities all across the Commonwealth will be better positioned to thrive in today’s economy.”

There are nearly 1,100 registered apprenticeship programs across Kentucky, according to the Governor’s Office. Typical apprenticeship programs run for four-years, though they can range from one to five years in length.

Kentucky’s Labor Cabinet works with employers to craft a curriculum that is specific to each employer’s business.

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  • viewer wrote on September 07, 2016 06:01 PM :

    Commentary: Abuse of executive power rife in Kentucky, from Frankfort to UofL: By Joe Dunman Insider Louisville

    Above is a very well written, close observation of what is going on today, in Frankfort. I have given Gov. Bevin and Crew all of the leeway that I am comfortable with. If things don’t begin to change or at least appear to be on a better path, they are probably not going to like to come on CN2. The public has had enough, and I have reached that point myself.

    Janet Patton, of the Lexington Herald, was at the Kentucky Horse Park today. Her experience was not pleasant. The way she was treated was not appropriate. I hope all in attendance today understand that you will be put under a microscope going forward.

    I believe we can find enough scandal at the Yum Center to take Jim Host out of state government for good. Some, like Jim Host, don’t seem to understand when the getting is good, but unlike the Fletcher years, there are people in place today, who are not only watching closely but also have the power to bring down the almighty.

    As for the University of Louisville and all that has transpired there, I believe we have finally seen the donor class step up and demand change. I have said for several years now, that it was shocking that Brown Forman, Yum, Churchill Downs, Humana, etc. were allowing this to continue. None of the corporations that I have mentioned have asked for change, but others have come to their senses that they do not want to be a part of this out of control fiasco.

    Auditor Mike Harmon, I hope you are reading the good book every night. Some of your friends are wanting you to skirt your responsibilities. Whether you do or not is not going to matter in the end. If you don’t, the only one who will pay the price is you. The truth is going to come out with or without your help. The only things left to be determined is if your reputation and your integrity will be left intact. That, from where I am standing, is still left to be determined. No where to run Mr. Harmon. The viewer.

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