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National Apprenticeship Week: More Apprenticeships, More Opportunity

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 9:52am

National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the opportunities that apprenticeships offer for Americans to learn skills for good, family-sustaining jobs.

Apprenticeships provide paid, relevant workplace experiences and opportunities to develop skills job creators demand. President Trump’s Administration is working to expand apprenticeships across industries, particularly in sectors that have not typically used apprenticeships, such as information technology, advanced manufacturing, banking and finance, and healthcare.

In 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America. Following the President’s Executive Order, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta convened the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, which included leaders from business, labor, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and public officials. Earlier this year, the Task Force submitted a report to the President providing a strategy, including specific recommendations, to create more apprenticeships in the United States through the new Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship program model.

This summer, the Department announced a grant program to accelerate the expansion of apprenticeships to new industry sectors, and to increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans. Additionally, the Department launched a new digital platform: This innovative web portal features an Apprenticeship Finder tool that offers career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state, and occupation, and connects job seekers to high-skilled, high paying careers.

Watch the videos below to see how job creators are using apprenticeships to develop a skilled workforce:

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Job Creators that Hire Veterans

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:17pm

Created as a result of legislation signed by President Donald J. Trump, the HIRE Vets Medallion Program recognizes job creators that recruit, hire, and retain America’s veterans. This week, the Department announced recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award. Honorees include small businesses, community-based nonprofits, and national companies.

Watch these videos to hear why it makes sense to hire veterans.




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America’s Workforce: Empowering All

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 7:30am
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During National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we recommit to ensuring all Americans can access good, safe, family-sustaining jobs. This year’s NDEAM theme, America’s Workforce: Empowering All, recognizes the importance of ensuring all Americans can participate in our nation’s vibrant workforce.

Americans want to work and the opportunity to work must be open to all.

There are currently more jobs available in America than ever before. For the first time on record, our economy has more open jobs – 6.9 million – than job seekers. Since November 2016, over 4 million jobs have been created. A record number of Americans – 156 million – are working.

At the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), we work each day to bring more Americans with disabilities into the workforce.

ODEP provides tools for job creators to establish more apprenticeship programs. Through the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion, we help employers recruit and retain Americans with disabilities. Our Job Accommodation Network provides employers with guidance on workplace accommodation. Just last week, we announced $19 million in grants to help those who become ill or injured remain at, or return to, work.

Americans with disabilities are seeing more opportunity to work. Since November 2016, the number of Americans with disabilities working reached its highest level on record, and the unemployment rate for this part of the workforce fell to its lowest point ever. This is good news for job seekers and job creators, because the skills, talent, and hard work of Americans with disabilities strengthens our workforce as well as our national economy.

Yet there is more to do.

NDEAM is a time to emphasize the importance of ensuring all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, can put their skills and talents to work. It is an opportunity for our nation’s job creators to enhance their commitment to a workplace that ensures America’s workforce empowers all.

NDEAM’s true spirit lies at the grassroots level, with activities and observances in workplaces and communities across the country. Please visit the NDEAM website for more information.

Jennifer Sheehy is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy.

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Apprenticeship Program Launches Career in Community Healthcare

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 9:02am

Adriana Pacheco

A unique Southern California apprenticeship program has helped Adriana Pacheco launch a new career in healthcare, where she helps improve patient health through community outreach.

Adriana had graduated from Sonoma State University in 2014 with a double major in anthropology and Spanish. While she was not interested in becoming a clinician or doctor, the experience of having open heart surgery at age 11 and a job that involved providing in-home therapeutic services for children with autism had given her a desire to work in the medical field.

She saw the two-year Care Navigator Apprenticeship Pilot program as the perfect opportunity to enter the field of healthcare without previous experience ‒ while earning a paycheck.

The program, run by the Worker Education and Resource Center in Los Angeles in partnership with other local organizations, helps community-based clinics improve care and reduce costs for high-risk patients with complex needs. Apprentices, or “care navigators,” complete an intensive classroom education period before beginning on-the-job training under the guidance of a mentor.

As a care navigator, Adriana checked in on patients who had chosen to go to emergency rooms rather than their local clinic for common conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and headaches.

“We were the investigators, we always had to figure out why people were late for traditional appointments or simply relied on emergency rooms for all their care,” Adriana said.

By visiting patients at home and meeting with their families, Adriana was able to help problem-solve better ways to live healthfully and address barriers to care, such as a lack of public transportation.

After completing the apprenticeship, Adriana was hired full-time as a clinic supervisor at Harbor Community Clinic in San Pedro. Her pay has increased substantially, and her team of five will grow to 25 next year when the clinic expands.

Editor’s note: Find the apprenticeship that’s right for you or post an apprenticeship job at

Leo Kay works for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Public Affairs in San Francisco.

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September Is National Preparedness Month: Is Your Workplace Ready For Severe Weather?

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 1:53pm

This week demonstrates severe weather exposes workers and workplaces across the nation to a variety of hazards.

During National Preparedness Month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds workers and job creators that the time to prepare for severe weather emergencies is now.

President Donald J. Trump is committed to the health and safety of the American workforce. Workers need to be protected before, during, and after storms to ensure they return home safely at the end of each shift. You can keep workers safe by:

  • Developing emergency plans: Job creators should develop emergency plans and ensure workers know how to execute them. Plans should detail suitable places to take shelter, policies to ensure all personnel are accounted for, and procedures for addressing hazardous materials that are on-site.

  • Staying aware and maintaining supplies: OSHA encourages everyone to stay aware of weather forecasts and keep emergency supplies, including a battery-operated weather radio, on hand to be prepared when severe weather strikes.

These general guidelines apply to all severe weather emergencies; however, preparation for specific hazards may vary by event. OSHA provides resources on workplace preparedness and response for specific severe weather emergencies, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. For more information on protecting workers from severe weather events, visit OSHA’s Emergency Preparedness and Response page.

If you or a loved one live in an affected area, please visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service for more information.


Loren Sweatt is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health.

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Safe + Sound Week

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 7:41am
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Across the United States this week and around the world, over 200 organizations – including small businesses, non-profits, and our armed forces – are set to participate in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Safe + Sound campaign (Safe + Sound), an initiative to raise awareness of effective workplace safety and health programs.

Through work-based discussions and activities, Safe + Sound provides an opportunity to demonstrate a strong commitment to safety and to participate in a dialogue focused on finding solutions to workplace safety and health issues. There is a range of ways organizations can participate in Safe + Sound. The 1,800 events worldwide include safety webinars, toolbox talks, roundtable discussions, and more.

Outreach efforts such as Safe + Sound, along with enforcement and compliance assistance, reflect the Trump Administration’s strong commitment to protecting the health and safety of American workers. In addition to the critical goal of preventing workplace injuries and illnesses, establishing a culture of workplace safety benefits job creators and workers by:

  • Increasing worker satisfaction: Safety-conscious job creators can help workers stay engaged in their work, which can lead to other benefits, such as reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, and improved employee retention.
  • Improving productivity: By preventing accidents, workers can stay safe and businesses can maintain economic outputs and avoid damage to equipment or facilities.
  • Reducing costs: Companies spend $1 billion per week on workers’ compensation, which is money that could be invested in improving safety measures, growing businesses, and creating jobs.

For more information about Safe + Sound, please visit

Loren Sweatt is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health.

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After the Army, a New Career in Tech

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:08pm

Through hard work and a unique apprenticeship program, Antonio Williams of Louisiana has transitioned from the military to the tech industry after a 22-year career in the U.S. Army as a culinary specialist.

Apprenti is a program of the Washington Technology Industry Association Workforce Institute that addresses the workforce shortage in the tech industry through paid, on-the-job training and education. It began in Washington state and has since expanded nationally through a U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeship intermediary contract.

As a first step, Antonio spent 12 weeks in an intensive training program at Honolulu Community College in Hawaii, where he was located at the time he left military service. This “pre-apprenticeship” phase allowed Antonio to learn foundational skills relating to hardware, networking, software deployment, and troubleshooting. He received certifications in A+, Network+, Linux+, and Server+ before being placed as a data center technician apprentice with a technology company in Portland, Oregon.

As an apprentice, he continues to learn and enhance his skills through hands-on work. Antonio’s salary as an apprentice equals about $50,000 annually and he expects to be hired full-time within a year at a salary roughly double his current earnings.

“The program provided a great avenue to change careers after the military,” said Antonio. “I would recommend this program to anyone.”

Leo Kay works for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Public Affairs in San Francisco.

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3.9% Unemployment Rate, and Five More Things You Should Know From July’s Jobs Report

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:33am

This July, the unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent ‒ only the eighth time that the monthly rate has fallen below 4.0 percent since 1970, and three of those months have been in 2018.

Here are five more things you should know from the July 2018 Employment Situation report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • A total of 3.9 million new jobs have been created since November 2016, including 157,000 new jobs in July. blog-20180807-jobs1.png
  • The Hispanic unemployment rate set a new record low for the second month in a row, at 4.5 percent. blog-20180807-jobs2.png
  • The unemployment rate for workers with less than a high school diploma is the lowest ever. blog-20180807-jobs3.png


  • 932,000 new jobs have been created in goods-producing industries since November 2016, including 431,000 in construction and 412,000 in manufacturing. blog-20180807-jobs4.png

Read U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta’s statement on the July 2018 jobs report

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