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National Apprenticeship Week and Women in Apprenticeship Day

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 6th 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 6th National Apprenticeship Week, Oregon Tradeswomen is proud to proclaim Thursday, November 12, 2020, Women in Apprenticeship Day! With your help, we’ve made Oregon a leading state in the inclusion of women in apprenticeship.

Participate in the Social Media Campaign!

Please join tradeswomen across the nation in a social media campaign on Women in Apprenticeship Day. By simply making a post on November 12, 2020, you will contribute to a national conversation and increased understanding about apprenticeship, as well as give much needed visibility to women working in the trades!

Use a photo of yourself on the job, in your work gear, using equipment or tools.

Please talk about your experience, your life, and your apprenticeship in your voice. Others want to know what you do and what it means to you!

Here are some points you may choose to include in your post:

– Announce National Women in Apprenticeship Day, Thursday November 12, 2020. Explain that apprenticeship means debt-free career training and paid on the job training!

– Talk about getting a life-long career, pride in your work, economic stability, etc.

– Share your story, about how apprenticeship changed your life

Hashtags and tagging are a CRITICAL part of this social media campaign. Thanks for going the extra mile in your post!

• @OregonTradeswomenInc (In order to do this, make sure you already like our Facebook Page.)
• @TradeswomenTaskforce
• #WomenInApprenticeship
• #Tradeswomen
• #NAW2020
• #WiAD2020
• #OregonTradeswomen
• #WomenInTrades
• #WomenInConstruction

You can also bring your Union and/or Employer into the circle by tagging them using the “@” sign and their Facebook account name: Example: @EmployerFacebookAccountName

Please ensure your post is designated as ‘public’ so it can be seen by the widest audience.

If you’re so inclined, you may also let folks know that women only comprise 3% of the national construction workforce, but in Oregon, about 8% of registered apprentices are female.

And if you’re feeling generous, PLEASE encourage others to support women in apprenticeship with a donation to Oregon Tradeswomen at www.tradeswomen.net/donate (Oregon Tradeswomen is a Federally recognized non profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible)

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.

Approximately 30% of all jobs 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 more than double the national average of women in the trades (about 8%), but there is a still an undeniable need for women to fill these high wage, high skill jobs.

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Oregon Tradeswomen Mission and History

Women in Apprenticeship Backgrounder

Questions or Additional Requests?

Please contact:

Mary Ann Naylor
Communications & Marketing Director

503.335.8200 x 126

Jay Richmond
Workforce Equity Manager

503.335.8200 x 135

454 SE 187th Avenue, Portland, OR 97233; phone: 503.335.8200  |  fax: 503.249.0445