Governor Laura Kelly recognizes Apprenticeship Week in Kansas


Governor Laura Kelly recently signed a proclamation highlighting the importance of the Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program and declaring this week, Nov. 15-21, to be statewide apprenticeship week.

“The Registered Apprenticeship Program connects skilled workers to well-paying jobs,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “My administration will continue to use this program and other learning to improve the quality of life for Kansans, expand our workforce and strengthen our economy.”

The Registered Apprenticeship Program is a high-quality, industry-driven career path in which individuals can gain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a nationally recognized degree. The program also gives employers the opportunity to develop and prepare their future workforce. By enabling apprentices to earn a living while learning and providing them with a path to well-paying careers, the program has helped support people historically underserved, marginalized and affected by poverty and persistent inequalities.

“Apprenticeships are a great way for us to grow our economies in rural and urban Kansas by ensuring people have the skills businesses need.” said Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland. “I know this model works and I know it has the potential to change the lives of apprentices while improving business operations and profitability – that’s why it’s so important to celebrate Apprenticeship Week in Kansas . “

Recorded apprenticeships can be customized to meet the needs of each business and industry and have been used successfully in construction and manufacturing for many years in Kansas. The state is also working to modernize this program to include additional industries including healthcare, IT, agricultural manufacturing and distribution, and logistics, all critical industries in Kansas.

The Registered Apprenticeship Program also emphasizes veterans, women, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, and others who face barriers to successful employment. To learn more about Apprenticeships and the Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program, visit

See Governor Kelly’s signed proclamation here.


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As the state’s premier economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses, and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with businesses, site location consultants, and stakeholders in Kansas, nationally, and around the world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative and competitive landscape for new businesses. Thanks to the success of Commerce projects, Kansas in 2021 was awarded Regional development magazine prestigious Gold shovel price and was named Site selection magazine Better business climate in the northwestern region of the United States. Find the Ministry’s strategic economic growth plan here: Kansas Framework for Growth.


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