Apprenticeship program aimed at addressing skilled-labor gap launched by Bevin administration

As businesses in Kentucky continue to struggle to find skilled workers to fill the positions they have available, Gov. Matt Bevin and Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey announced a new apprenticeship initiative Wednesday to attempt to address this issue.

The new effort, “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.”, will work to draw attention to the training programs and match the needs of employers in the state through apprenticeship programs.

“In our efforts to make Kentucky the manufacturing hub of excellence in America, we recognize the value of apprenticeships and their ability to help us achieve this goal,” Bevin said in a news release.

There are nearly 1,100 registered apprenticeship programs across Kentucky, according to the Governor’s Office.

As reported by The Bottom Line, Secretary Ramsey has touted the cabinet’s work on apprenticeships and the positive impact he feels they could make.

“Once employers, high schools and postsecondary institutions at the local level begin to collaborate and streamline efforts to create career pathways, communities all across the Commonwealth will be better positioned to thrive in today’s economy,” Ramsey said in a press release Wednesday about the new initiative.

Watch a video from Gov. Matt Bevin about the initiative here:

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