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.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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