A proclamation for National Apprentice Week, 2022

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During National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate America’s workers—the best in the world—and emphasize the importance of apprenticeship programs delivered by unions, employers and other organizations. These programs train workers to hone skills and abilities that will rebuild America for the 21st century.

For many workers, especially those without a college degree, education is a crucial route to well-paying jobs. Registered trainees earn while learning. These programs, particularly through local unions, ensure our nation produces the best educated, best prepared and best qualified workers for the industries of today and tomorrow – from healthcare and information technology to clean energy. Supporting registered apprenticeships is an integral part of my economic vision to build a bottom-up and middle economy: an economy that works for all.

That’s why hundreds of millions of dollars from my US bailout plan and the bipartisan Infrastructure Act will be used to help states, employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies design, develop, and expand registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. That means jobs for electricians, pipe fitters, carpenters and more. I started an Apprentice Ambassadors initiative which has built a national network of companies and labor organizations and given them a collective pledge to hire over 10,000 new apprentices in the next year alone. Our administration’s 90-day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge and 120-day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint supported this progress, garnering hundreds of private sector commitments to new apprenticeship programs in these critical sectors. With those efforts, our nation achieved record trucking employment earlier this year. In addition, nearly 150 public and private employers, unions and community-based organizations have made education and training commitments in the broadband, construction and electrification sectors to promote equitable workforce development through the my Talent Pipeline Challenge.

At the same time, we’ve removed bureaucratic hurdles to make it easier for companies to set up registered training programs in just a few days. To ensure the American worker can remain competitive in the global marketplace, I repealed an executive order that encouraged less rigorous apprenticeships. I also ensure that as our economy grows and educational opportunities become more available, every community in America will reap these benefits. That means creating clean energy apprenticeships and jobs in frontline and fence communities that have suffered from the legacy of pollution. It also means continuing our support for initiatives such as the Department of Labor’s Women in Education and Non-Traditional Occupations Scholarship Scheme, which has trained women to enter trades and other occupations in which they have historically been underrepresented. The diversification of pre-training programs also plays a valuable role in widening the pool of workers willing to take up registered training.

I’ve always believed that the middle class built America and that the unions built the middle class. Registered apprenticeships are a testament to the power of unions to create well-paying jobs that offer dignity and respect. They also reflect the dedication and commitment of American workers to excellence. During National Apprenticeship Week, let’s celebrate America’s apprentices, express our gratitude to the mentors who train them, and remind us of our ongoing responsibility to invest in the world’s best workforce.

THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority bestowed upon me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, hereby proclaim November 13 through November 19, 2022 as Federal Apprentice Week. I call on Congress, state and local governments, educational institutions, industry and union leaders, apprentices, and all Americans to support registered apprenticeship programs in the United States of America and to raise awareness of their importance in building a diverse and resilient workforce in our National economy.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have laid my hand upon it, on this tenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-seventh.

JOSEPH R BIDEN JR

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