Governor Katie Hobbs Kicks Off Apprenticeship Week With New Efforts to Expand Construction Apprentices in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ ~ Yesterday, Governor Katie Hobbs announced additional steps to expand construction apprenticeships in Arizona. This comes as part of the BuilditAZ Initiative, which was launched in August and has now been given an additional $1.25 million investment from the state.

The funds will be used to create a targeted outreach campaign informing Arizonans of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs available, as well as the establishment of a Workforce Grants Office to work with local and regional partners to secure federal workforce grants. Additionally, two trades representatives have been appointed to the Workforce Arizona Council and a BuildItAZ Policy Task Force has been created.

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"The hands-on learning experience provided through apprenticeships, while earning a salary and gaining invaluable on-the-job experience, is one of the best tools we have to grow and retain our workforce," said Governor Hobbs. "Demand is higher than ever, and I will work tirelessly to make sure Arizonans have the skills they need to take full advantage of everything Arizona has to offer."

The breakdown of the $1.25 million includes $500,000 from federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) funds for launching BuilditAZ Industry and Trades Marketing and Outreach Campaigns, as well as $750,000 from the Arizona Industrial Development Authority for establishing a Workforce Development Grant office at OEO. National Apprenticeship Week is now underway in Arizona with these new initiatives in place.

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