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WHEREAS, this month marks the 82nd anniversary of continuous administration of the Registered Apprenticeship Program at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s robust Registered Apprenticeship Program, in providing an occupation specific training model that creates talent, has been a chosen method to expand competencies of the Commonwealth’s workforce across all sectors; and
WHEREAS, the Employers and Sponsors, who are the backbone of this unshakeable workforce relationship, are using innovation and imagination to continue mentoring where possible through the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges; and
WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic, mentoring, supervising, assessing, evaluating, and delivering Related Technical Instruction tested the problem-solving mechanisms of registered apprenticeship principals in the business and education community as well as the Virginia Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Division (Division of Registered Apprenticeship) staff as they continued to expertly serve their clients; and
WHEREAS, the Division of Registered Apprenticeship joined many others states in using a common database, RAPIDS, bringing registration information to a centralized system creating ease, consistency, and data for trend-spotting; and
WHEREAS, as new occupations emerge, this model remains a superb method for bringing students up to the level of the master through developing working relationships throughout all industries in a sustainable way to expand the usage of Registered Apprenticeship and sharpen our workforce; and
WHEREAS, Registered Apprenticeship stands the test of time, yet moves forward boldly with the future;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 2020 as NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.