Today, November 13, kicks off National Apprenticeship Week. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO has long been involved in the promotion of apprenticeship programs across the Commonwealth, pioneering programs in industries like advanced manufacturing and classical apprenticeships in the building and construction trades.
Labor union apprenticeship programs have become a hot topic in economic opportunity. From the long-standing apprenticeship tradition in the building and construction trades, to the community services programs focused on opening this opportunity to youth in need, the momentum surrounding apprenticeship has greatly increased. The labor movement is making sure that the quality education, good wages and forward-thinking innovation of the apprenticeship model is at the forefront of filling the jobs of the future.
On Monday, the AFL-CIO’s Working For America Institute and the Jobs With Justice Education Fund released a report, Advancing Equity Through Workforce Intermediary Partnerships: Best Practices in Manufacturing, Service and Transportation Industries. The report highlights the work of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s own Keystone Development Partnership (KDP). The State Federation and KDP along with other partners in labor, government and industry have begun pursuing workforce development opportunities in advanced manufacturing through the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship.