National Apprenticeship Week Shines Light on Registered Apprenticeships

Posted on November 05, 2020

As you explore your options as you embark on your career path, be sure to check out if a Registered Apprenticeship may fit your plans.

An apprenticeship is a great, practical option for those looking to advance their skills while earning a livable wage and being debt-free. Apprenticeships help individuals gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen industry. Apprentices are innovative, creative problem solvers who use modern technology to plan and build the world we live in. And we NEED them.

There are more than 7.2 million job openings that cannot be filled because employers cannot find workforce with the skills needed. Registered Apprenticeships are a proven approach for creating a skilled workforce that meets these needs.

Apprentices can learn these relevant skills and earn a nationally recognized certificate that is valuable anywhere they go. And apprenticeships have expanded far beyond construction and other skilled trades.

Today, there are apprenticeships in more than 1,000 occupations – including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and energy. Truly, almost any occupation is apprenticeable. DLR works with businesses, educational institutions and the U.S. DOL to expand Registered Apprenticeship programs across the state.

Next week, the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is participating in National Apprenticeship Week, a nationwide celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs can have on the U.S. skills gap and preparing America’s workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

We will be sharing stories on social media and the Start Today National Apprenticeship Week pages from apprentices and employers on how Registered Apprenticeship programs have affected their lives and businesses.

We ask you to take some time to learn about apprenticeships and learn how they can positively impact individuals and businesses in South Dakota. To learn more about how to be an apprentice or business sponsor, or to find student opportunities, visit