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National Apprenticeship Week and Women in Apprenticeship Day

November 16, 2017: Women in Apprenticeship Day

November 13 – 17, 2017: National Apprenticeship Week

Started during President Obama’s administration in 2015, National Apprenticeship Week centers on a call to action to increase the use of Registered Apprenticeship to develop the skills of our nation’s workers and expand the talent pipeline available to U.S. industries. In support of this effort and the long-term vision it represents, Oregon Tradeswomen is proud to participate in the third federally recognized National Apprenticeship Week.

Visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) website to access the official DOL National Apprenticeship Week event toolkit.

Women in Apprenticeship Day


As a part of the 3rd National Apprenticeship Week, Oregon Tradeswomen is proud to proclaim Thursday, November 16, 2017, Women in Apprenticeship Day! With your help, we’ve made Oregon a leading state in the inclusion of women in apprenticeship.

We’re asking for your help to make a lot of noise on social media on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Please download the 2017 Women in Apprenticeship Day Social Media Guide.

Oregon Tradeswomen is honored that both Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, and Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler signed proclamations dedicating November 16th as Women in Apprenticeship Day. (Scroll down to view or download either proclamation)

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week activities will highlight the collective effort among states, industries, employers, labor-unions, educators, community based organizations, and local, state, and federal government to ensure the U.S. will continue to lead the world in developing an innovative and highly skilled workforce through apprenticeship.

Why is Apprenticeship Important?

Apprenticeship works! A paid, on the job work experience leads to a highly skilled workforce for industries and employers. It leads to higher wages and long term successful careers for U.S. workers.

By the year 2020, approximately 30% of all jobs will require a post-secondary degree or credential. Experts also project a shortfall of nearly 3 million Americans lacking the post-secondary education required to fill these jobs. In Oregon, we are double the national average of women in the trades (about 6%), but there is a still an undeniable need for women to fill these high wage, high skill jobs.

Woman on the Rise

1st Annual Woman on the Rise Awards: A Call for Nominations

Oregon Tradeswomen is celebrating Women in Apprenticeship Day on Thursday, November 16, 2017 as part of National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-17, 2017).

In an effort to highlight exceptional women in apprenticeship in Oregon, Oregon Tradeswomen is seeking nominations for the first Woman on the Rise! award.

These awards will be given by registered apprenticeship programs to a female apprentice who has shown exceptional skill in their craft, commitment to their community, and demonstrated leadership.

Oregon Tradeswomen is asking all apprenticeship programs to nominate one woman to receive a Woman on the Rise award and present the award on November 16 at the award ceremony.

To make a nomination, download the nomination form below:

Woman on the Rise Nomination: Word Document
Woman on the Rise Nomination: Adobe .pdf document

If you have any questions, please contact:

Emma Brennan
Workforce Project Manager
[email protected]
503.335.8200 x 35

Press Area

Women in Apprenticeship Day 2017:  Thursday, November 16

Download the Gubernatorial Proclamation for Women in Apprenticeship Day:

Download the Mayoral Proclamation for Women in Apprenticeship Day:

Download our 2017 Women in Apprenticeship Day Social Media Guide.

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Oregon Tradeswomen Mission and History

Women in Apprenticeship Backgrounder

Questions or Additional Requests?

Please contact:

Mary Ann Naylor
Communications Manager

[email protected]
503.335.8200 x 26

Emma Brennan
Workforce Project Manager

[email protected]
503.335.8200 x 35

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