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National Apprenticeship Week in Minnesota: Nov. 13-19, 2017

In recognition of National Women in Apprenticeship Day, Nov. 16, 2017, Commissioner Ken Peterson of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry offers the following open letter.

Dear Minnesotans,

As part of the 2017 National Apprenticeship Week in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry recognizes National Women in Apprenticeship Day on Nov. 16, 2017.

Our agency supports initiatives that help women learn, grow and achieve their full potential in the workforce. We believe apprenticeship is an effective approach to guide women of diverse backgrounds and abilities on the path toward gainful employment.

There are almost 800 women apprentices in Minnesota. Many of the women apprentices are earning and learning in the construction trades including:

  • 25 women in sheet metal apprenticeships,
  • 49 women becoming carpenters,
  • 35 apprentice electricians,
  • 34 roofer apprentices,
  • 29 operating engineers, and
  • 180 construction craft laborers.

There are also more than 150 women participating in healthcare apprenticeship programs.

DLI and registered apprenticeship programs throughout our state recognize that many women have not yet had the opportunity to participate in apprenticeship programs. Our agency and the state’s apprenticeship community is committed to increasing and promoting the inclusion of women in apprenticeship.

DLI will continue to expand apprenticeship opportunities for women by investing in programs that provide career-readiness training and organizations that help to remove barriers to entry, participation and success in apprenticeship.

Ken Peterson
Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

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