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Over the last week we've shared that Registered Apprenticeship is getting quite a bit of national attention, including mentions of apprenticeship from the White House and President Barack Obama.  Following the mention of Apprenticeship in President Obama’s State of the Union address, Labor Secretary Tom Perez has also been continuously beating the drum for the expansion of the Earn and Learn model to help provide U.S. industries and employers a talent pipeline of workers with 21st century skills.  On January 31, Secretary Perez wrote of his visit to Tampa Electric and lauded their apprenticeship program and the “upward trajectory’ its apprentices are set on through high skills-training and education while receiving an excellent wage from day 1.  The Secretary’s blog on his visit includes the following:

“In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for “more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life.” I couldn't agree more, because I've seen firsthand the success of apprenticeships at companies across the nation in my first 6 months as secretary of labor. One example is Tampa Electric: I knew the minute I walked in that this was a model from which others could learn.

Tampa Electric apprentices make around $32 per hour while mastering the electrical journeyman trade, with the opportunity to gain college credits at the same time. They earn while they learn, and once the program is complete, they can do a variety of electrical-related jobs. Average starting salary? $70,000 a year plus the potential for overtime.”

The Secretary’s message was featured on the Department of Labor blog page and also ran in the Huffington Post.  More great promotion for Registered Apprenticeship. 

Access the blog via the Huffington Post here:

And find it here on DOL’s Blog Page here:

Also in the days after the President’s mention of Apprenticeship in his State of the Union address, the White House posted a series of great Infographics to tout the benefits and high earnings opportunities Registered Apprenticeship offers U.S. workers.  The images below were both issued by the White House since the State of the Union.  Below the infographics you'll find a link to access and print them to share with your partners and stakeholders.


Access these Info Graphics at