The Technical College System of Georgia is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2022 and Georgia Apprenticeship Week by hosting the state’s first Georgia Apprenticeship Summit to highlight the importance of apprenticeship in building a skilled, industry-leading Georgia workforce.
At Thursday’s event in Warner Robins, workforce leaders, Georgia companies and community stakeholders gathered to learn how apprenticeships can expand the state’s workforce and how employers and communities can access funding and resources provided by the TCSG and provided to local technical colleges, which serve as the state’s largest network of Registered Apprenticeship sponsors.
“For many Georgians, there are now job opportunities in their backyards that were hard to imagine just a few years ago,” TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a press release. “Apprenticeships are critical to ensuring that our workforce not only fills government-created positions, but more importantly, has the skills needed to be leaders in their respective companies and industries.”
In 2022, the state announced historic achievements in apprenticeships, including the establishment of the state’s first-ever federally funded apprenticeship extension program, the High Demand Career Initiatives Program; Announcing the $4.2 Million Economic Recovery Apprenticeship Grant to create apprenticeship positions in industries critical to the state’s economic recovery; and the launch of Apprenticeship Georgia, TCSG’s apprenticeship promotion and expansion arm.
“Apprenticeships give us the opportunity to meet the high standards of our industry and to mentor and develop talent for other businesses large and small,” said Steve Olive, president of Oasis Aviation Maintenance, in a press release.
Oasis Aviation Maintenance has been selected for the 2022 High Demand Career Initiatives program.
“The support we receive from the Technical College System of Georgia and our Local Workforce Development Board, WorkSource Three Rivers, has helped us build a steady pipeline of trainees and access resources that ensure a successful training program,” said Olive.
To date, TCSG and its network of 22 schools, including West Georgia Technical College, have created more than 220 registered apprenticeship programs and served over 1,000 registered apprentices statewide.
To learn more about Appentice Georgia and available education resources, visit tcsg.edu/apprentice.