Date:July 7, 2009
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Louisiana’s Registered Apprenticeship Program Awarded $100,000 Grant

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for its Registered Apprenticeship Division.

The grant will be used to update state guidelines to reflect federal regulation changes in the National Apprenticeship System, update the LWC’s workforce operating system to capture apprenticeship data and to carry out the LWC’s plan to advance apprenticeship in Louisiana.

Registered apprenticeship is an “earn while you learn” model that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction for workers to learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Those who are successful are nationally certified. Apprenticeship programs are sponsored jointly by employer and labor groups, individual employers and/or employer associations.

Louisiana has 51 registered apprenticeship program sponsors representing more than 4,500 apprentices in more than 120 trades. Examples include electricians, plumbers, barbers, chefs, ironworkers, carpenters and pharmacy technicians.

“Registered apprenticeship programs provide rigorous training to develop a top-notch, highly skilled employee,” said Heather A. Stefan, director of apprenticeship for the LWC. “Many employers view their registered apprenticeship program as a management training program in disguise, because it quickly identifies their high achievers.”

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