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Governor McAuliffe signs order on apprenticeships

Staff writer |
Governor Terry McAuliffe signed executive order on expanding registered apprenticeships in Virginia. Registered Apprenticeship is a nationally recognized.

Registered Apprenticeship provides a portable credential of skills development and workplace experience.
By 2022, about 500,000 new jobs will be created in Virginia, and over 930,000 workers will be needed to replace Virginia’s retiring workforce. As many as 50% to 65% of those jobs will be at the technician and trades level, and offering pathways to successful standard of living.

These are jobs that require postsecondary education and training, but generally not a college degree.

Registered Apprenticeship is a nationally recognized, tried and true strategy to prepare a skilled workforce for these technician level jobs.

Registered Apprenticeship provides a portable credential of skills development and workplace experience to Virginians who attain a Certificate of Completion and Journeyworker Card, while also providing businesses with a pipeline of skilled workers with higher productivity and retention rates, and a return on investment for their employers.

Administered by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (VDOLI), Registered Apprenticeship combines on-the-job learning and apprenticeship-related instruction, with the latter often delivered by a community college or career and technical education center.

The US Department of Labor recognizes over 900 occupations as appropriate for setting up a Registered Apprenticeship including: skilled trades, business and professional services, information technology, and education and human services occupations.

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