National Apprenticeship Week was created by presidential proclamation in 2016 to “support and encourage apprenticeship programs that will help rebuild our middle class” and “rededicate ourselves to educating more of our people, retraining our workforce, and renewing our nation’s promise to put the American dream within the reach of the determined,” announced President Barack Obama.
National Apprenticeship Week 2017 was observed on November 13-19, and IUPAT district councils across the United States, as well as Canada (we are One Union), did their part to teach the public more about the value of being an apprentice in the IUPAT programs across North America.
The IUPAT hosted hundreds of potential new apprentices at their training centers, job fairs and open houses across North America. Demonstrations were given in each of our crafts, and vendors were invited to show off the latest in tools and materials. Most importantly, many district councils had young men and women who were part of the attending community groups and the surrounding neighborhoods sign and submit their paperwork to become an IUPAT apprentice.