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Next public quarterly Apprenticeship Illinois Committee meeting
Thursday, December 9th, 9-11 a.m.
Details are on the IWIB calendar.

The Committee welcomed six new members in September.

Arthur Bishop
Chief Program Officer
Tim Engstrom
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Sean Glowacz
Senior Community Development Manager

Karen Kryder
Innovation Learning Team Leader

Dan Serota
Senior Manager, Public Affairs North America
Eric Shine
Production Scheduling and Systems Manager 
Mark your calendars! National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration that brings together business leaders, career seekers, labor, educational institutions, and other critical partners to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship. 

This week-long celebration highlights the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of Illinois employers across diverse industries. 
Apprenticeship Illinois is celebrating Apprenticeship Week 2021 by hosting a range of events, in-person and virtually, and amplifying local and regional celebrations of apprenticeship. This week provides apprenticeship sponsors with the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community. It provides those curious about apprenticeship to learn more about all the benefits that come from learning and earning.
We want to hear from you! If you are planning an event - a proclamation, an open house, or a worksite tour, just fill out this form and we will put it on an interactive calendar at: This website is your one-stop shop for event information and resources such as proclamation templates, logos, and more.

Looking for a virtual way to celebrate apprenticeships? Register for a Get to Know Apprenticeship Illinois webinars, daily from 9-10 a.m.

Want to share your event on social media? Use #NAW2021 and #apprenticeshipIL
Find the Apprenticeship Resources You Need
Two Apprenticeship Committee Members
on the New Workforce and Equity Commission
On September 23, Governor Pritzker announced a new Workforce Equity and Access Commission. The event was hosted by Manny Rodriguez at Revolution Workshop (Pre-Apprenticeship chair). The Governor also announced $44 million in workforce training investments, including the Job Training and Economic Development Program or JTED. There are two Apprenticeship Illinois Committee members named as commissioners: Dr. Laz Lopez, D214 (Youth Apprenticeship chair) and Elba Aranda-Suh, National Latino Education Institute (IWIB Equity Task Force co-chair). And the executive director of the Safer Foundation, Victor Dickson, is also a commissioner (Arthur Bishop is a Committee member). Elba, Victor, and John Rico are IWIB members serving on the new Commission.
Apprenticeships News & Events

Youth Apprenticeship in Action: Principles in Practice, Dr. Andrea-Messing Mathie, Jobs For the Future (member of Youth Apprenticeship Work Group)

Union Construction Apprenticeships Rival Bachelor's Degrees on Key Economic and Social Metrics: Union Apprenticeships: The Bachelor’s Degrees of the Construction Industry Data for the United States, 2010-2020, Illinois Economic Policy Institute

Celebrate Manufacturing Month:
Apprenticeship Webinar on Wednesday, October 20, 3:00 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks: Acting Director Sylvia Garcia, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Kristy Johns, Marketing Manager, IMEC.

Want to share a news story or an event in this monthly newsletter? Let us know!
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National Apprenticeship Resources
What is the IWIB Apprenticeship Illinois Committee?

The Apprenticeship Illinois Committee is one of 4 content-focused committees of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board or IWIB and provides leadership on:
  1. Expanding apprenticeships geographically and to new industries.
  2. Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in apprenticeships.
  3. Formalizing apprenticeship coordination across partnering state agencies.
  4. Growing statewide capacity to provide apprenticeship opportunities to job seekers and businesses.

The Committee has public quarterly meetings and has work groups on Marketing, Youth Apprenticeships, Pre-Apprenticeships, and Apprenticeship Systems.