Governor Rauner declares National Apprenticeship Week in Illinois

November 12-18 2018 is National Apprenticeship Week, and Tuesday morning Julio Rodriguez of Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity presented TMA’s President Steve Rauschenberger with a proclamation signed my Governor Bruce Rauner.

The Proclamation of National Apprenticeship Week in Illinois says:

WHEREAS, Illinois is committed to developing a highly skilled workforce that supports our state economy and helps Illinois businesses thrive; and,

WHEREAS, apprenticeships are a strong career pathway that provide employees the opportunity to earn a salary while learning the skills necessary to succeed in high-demand careers; and,

WHEREAS, apprenticeships result in obtainment of an industry recognized credential and embody the highest competency standards, instructional rigor, and quality training of all career-based programs of study; and,

WHEREAS, apprenticeships support employers to cultivate high-quality talent pools that grow their businesses and address their workforce needs; and,

WHEREAS, National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to recognize the positive impact apprenticeships have on Illinois youth, adults, businesses and the Illinois eonomy as a whole;

THEREFORE, I, Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim November 12-18, as NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK in Illinois in support of meaningful career pathways to promote jobs and economic prosperity.