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Employers Invited to National Apprenticeship Week Information Sessions

News Release
October 26, 2023

NORTHWEST LOWER, MI— Businesses and organizations from across northwest Lower Michigan are invited to attend a variety of apprenticeship information sessions being hosted by Northwest Michigan Works! in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week. 

The sessions will include an overview of U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeships, the simplified process of developing or growing a program, and using apprenticeships to fill workforce gaps. There will be multiple occupations explored with a focus on the childcare and information technology industries. 

The information sessions will also include an expert employer apprenticeship panel who will share their apprenticeship experience while answering questions about the practicality of the program. 

All types of industries, union and non-union, small or large are encouraged to attend.  The workshops will help employers prepare to launch their own customized programs and learn more about the Northwest Michigan Works! wraparound services.

The information sessions will be held at the locations, dates and times listed below.

November 8, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Registered Apprenticeship Information Session, Mancelona Township Hall, 9610 M-88, Mancelona.

November 16, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, IT Apprenticeship Information Session, Northwest Michigan Works! Conference Center, 1209 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City. 

November 16, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Childcare Apprenticeship Workshop, Northwest Michigan Works! Conference Center, 1209 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City.

Anyone who would like to attend any of the sessions should RSVP to Evelyn Szpliet at

National Apprenticeship Week is held each year to showcase the successes and value registered apprenticeships. Registered apprenticeships are offered through the U.S. Department of Labor and are a proven training method for employers to build a talent pipeline of highly skilled, educated employees. Northwest Michigan Works! provides technical assistance and administrative support for registered apprenticeships, including development and implementation guidance.

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