IAM Celebrates Apprenticeship Week

The Biden administration proclaimed November 12 through November 18, 2023, as National Apprenticeship Week to support existing programs and offer America’s workers direct pathways to good-paying jobs with dignity and respect.

Since its inception, the IAM has been proud to support innovative programs to bolster students’ competencies while meeting the highest quality standards, which is critical to their industrial states’ economic success.

Apprenticeships are a great alternative to traditional college education and provide our country with the best workers in the skilled trades that keep America competitive and safe.

“This week strongly emphasizes that apprenticeships are crucial for boosting our union’s growth and our nation’s economy,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “In a time when workers must adapt to changing technologies, the IAM is firmly committed. We will actively support these training programs through our collective bargaining agreements. Our main goal is ensuring every member has easy access to the valuable knowledge and skills needed for success in their profession.” 

Through the IAM CREST Program, the IAM Apprenticeship Department, the IAM National Apprenticeship Strategic Initiative, and IAM Local Lodges and Districts’ initiatives, we keep our commitment to increase access and opportunities to existing and prospective members so they can enjoy well-paid work with substantial room for professional and salary growth.

“As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, it’s crucial to recognize the profound impact apprenticeships have on shaping a skilled workforce and contributing to our nation’s economic strength,” said Michael Oathout, IAM Director of Safety & Health, Apprenticeships, and Scholarships. “The IAM is committed to supporting innovative programs that elevate students’  skills. Apprenticeships offer a valuable alternative to traditional college education, producing highly skilled workers in the trades essential for our union.”

To provide the best services to our members, Michael Oathout, IAM Director of Apprenticeships, requests that all districts work to create an apprenticeship committee. If you need assistance and resources with developing or expanding a registered apprenticeship within the District or Local, please get in touch with the Apprenticeship Department at apprenticeships@iamaw.org.

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