In honor of the 85th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act, the Workforce Development Board, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida Counties’ (WDB HMO) Regional Apprenticeship Development and Readiness (RADAR) Grant will celebrate the U.S. Department of Labor’s eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) with a virtual event open to the public on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, from 11:00am to Noon on Zoom.

NAW was established by the U.S. Department of Labor to celebrate the significant impact Registered Apprenticeship programs have had in re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, building a pipeline to good, quality jobs, and supporting underserved communities.

Hundreds of NAW events and activities will be taking place all over the country, including open houses, skill competitions, community forums, apprentice graduations, business open houses, high school, and college career fairs apprenticeship signing days, industry roundtable events, diversity and inclusion dialogues, and more, and the WDB HMO is excited to be a part of it.

“The benefits of Registered Apprenticeships are substantial for both career seekers and employers,” says RADAR Project Director Sommer Edwards. “These “earn and learn” models enable employers to fill open jobs, improve productivity and profitability, and reduce turnover while providing the American workforce with pathways to start new careers and acquire the skills needed for good jobs. We are committed to helping those in our community access pathways to well-paying jobs in growing industries and are excited to support National Apprenticeship Week by showcasing local grants and employers currently working with Registered Apprenticeships.”


The WDB HMO has successfully placed hundreds of individuals into Pre-Apprenticeship training and Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, and continues to emphasize the value of these programs, to both businesses and job seekers.


The WDB/HMO Apprenticeship Week Celebration event, hosted by the RADAR grant, will feature breakout rooms and attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a number of Apprenticeship-based grant programs, as well as employers with Registered Apprenticeships.

We invite you to join us to learn more about our commitment to Registered Apprenticeships and how these unique work-based training programs make a difference in our community.

Contact Sommer Edwards for more information: 315.207.6951 x133 or


About National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration that offers established by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring together leading business, labor, education, apprentices, and other critical partners to showcase the impact Registered Apprenticeship programs have on building the American workforce, as well as highlight, the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, building a pipeline to good, quality jobs, and supporting underserved communities.


Registered Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to assist and propel individuals who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality by allowing apprentices to earn while they learn and provide a pathway to well-paying careers.


NAW gives employers, including sponsors and providers, the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices so that career seekers can learn more about the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship and the programs that are available in their communities.


During NAW events, apprentices have a platform to share their apprenticeship experience and how it has transformed their lives. For more information, visit


To learn more about the WDB/HMO’s Apprenticeship Grant Programs, visit


This program is 100% funded by a United States Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) award of $2,999,993.


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