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Jan. 27, 2010

Registration open for Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference

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TACOMA – Early registration has begun for the first Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference May 19–20 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

The conference is intended for apprenticeship program leaders, policymakers, trade groups, non-profit leaders, and educators. K-12 teachers are eligible to receive clock hours for their attendance.

Registration is online at apprenticeshipconference.com. Early registration, through Feb. 14, is $175 per person. Standard registration, which begins Feb. 15, is $225. Costs include materials and all meals both days.

Registered apprenticeship is a way to earn income while learning a new trade through on-the-job training and experience. Apprenticeships cover a variety of trades, including manufacturing, skilled labor, cosmetology, and health care.

“A growing shortage of skilled workers, coupled with increased demand, means that industries and the trades will need to work hard to attract and retain qualified candidates,” said Liz Smith, apprenticeship program manager at the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). “This conference will promote the value of registered apprenticeships, as well as give employers the tools they need to successfully operate a registered apprenticeship program.”

Attendees will gain information to begin, operate and promote registered apprenticeship programs. Breakout sessions include:

  • How to begin a registered apprenticeship program for the new, seasoned or unsure employer.
  • Workforce development for educators advocating registered apprenticeship to students.
  • How to keep your registered apprenticeship program in compliance.

For a conference agenda, local accommodations and information on how to sponsor or exhibit, visit apprenticeshipconference.com.

The Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Labor, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, the Employment Security Department of Washington, and the Washington State Apprenticeship Training Council. It is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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For media information: Selena Davis, L&I, 360-902-6593.

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The Department of Labor & Industries announced registration has begun for the first Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference, taking place May 19 and 20 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

The conference is intended for apprenticeship program leaders, policymakers, trade groups, non-profit leaders, and educators.

Liz Smith, apprenticeship program manager at L&I, says this conference will give employers the tools they need to successfully operate a registered apprenticeship program.

For more information and online registration, visit apprenticeshipconference dot com.

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Voice of Selena Davis, L&I communications manager: "In this uncertain economy, especially with the cost of a college education on the rise, people should really consider registered apprenticeship. It can be a great way for someone to learn a new trade, while getting on the job experience."

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