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MKD Electric Celebrates 2018 National Apprenticeship Week
MKD Electric, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), will celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, November 12-18, 2018. This year’s theme – Apprenticeships: Creating Tomorrow – celebrates the impact apprenticeship programs have in helping Americans learn skills for jobs in growing industries. MKD Electric has offered a DOL-certified Apprenticeship program for over 8 years and has trained scores of Team Members as industrial electricians.
“Our apprentice program has truly transformed our company,” said Michael Wesa, VP. “Since founding it in 2010, we’ve seen our business grow, our productivity skyrocket and our employee turnover significantly decrease. By building our own “farm team,” we can ensure that, from the very first day, our apprentices are learning the skills necessary to be productive and safe in some of the most challenging industrial environments.”
“President Trump’s Administration is committed to expanding apprenticeships and workforce investment across all industries. Apprenticeship is a proven way to help Americans learn the skills they need for good, safe, family-sustaining jobs,” said Secretary Acosta. “National Apprenticeship Week provides an opportunity to showcase how businesses, labor, educational institutions, trade and industry groups, and public officials across the nation are expanding apprenticeships to develop a skilled, dedicated workforce.”
There are currently more than 7 million open jobs in the United States, and available jobs have exceeded job seekers for seven straight months. Apprenticeships provide paid, relevant workplace experiences and opportunities to develop skills job creators demand.
ABOUT MKD’S DOL-CERTIFIED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Our rigorous, five year U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship Training certified program has been customized for the industrial electrical market. It all begins with an intensive 6-week, full-time, paid, in-house boot camp to ensure our new team members are safe and productive. The remaining four years of apprenticeship includes weekly classroom instruction and “hands-on” lab work at the MKD Training Center, as well as documented on-the-job training with journeymen industrial electricians, foremen, and superintendents.
ABOUT NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK
National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for the Apprenticeship community to tell the story of apprenticeships and is an invitation to business and industry, education, career seekers, community-based organizations, students, and workers to learn about the real world advantages of developing careers through the adoption of the apprenticeship model. Apprenticeship is for those who aspire to be great, lead in innovation and creativity, strive to innovate in business and industry, and recognize the value of combining paid on the job learning coupled with a substantial educational component to build generational greatness in careers and commerce.