Michigan AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

LANSING, MI – The Michigan AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute (WDI) announced the kickoff of the U.S. Department of Labor’s eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) on the 85th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act. 

The U.S. Department of Labor established NAW to celebrate Registered Apprenticeship programs’ significant impact in rebuilding our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, building a pipeline to good, quality jobs, and supporting underserved communities. 

“The Michigan AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute’s Access for All program was built to meet the challenges of emerging workforce issues and implement innovative solutions to bring people out of poverty, back into the workforce, and into the middle class,” said Chong-Anna CANFORA, Executive Director of the Michigan AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute. “In partnership with the Michigan Building Trades Council, we have created a direct pipeline into Registered Apprenticeship programs giving our graduates access to good-paying union jobs, removing barriers and reaching more of our communities across Michigan.”

WDI’s Access for All Apprenticeship Readiness Program was created to solve workforce needs and is designed to create opportunities for underserved communities to access in-demand and lucrative careers in the building trades. The Access for All program includes free training centered around the building and construction trade industry and credentials in OSHA 30, First Aid / CPR, and a nationally recognized certificate from the North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU). 

The Access for All Apprenticeship Readiness Program is accepting applications for its next cohorts in Jackson, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Muskegon & Grand Rapids. The application and additional information can be found at https://miwdi.org/accessforall 


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