Lexington, KY – Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Derrick Ramsey (center below) and Commissioner Ervin Dimeny (far left below) joined U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (DOL OA) Regional Director Garfield Garner (right of Sec. Ramsey) and TransPORTs, a DOL OA national industry partner, for the Kentucky Apprenticeship Accelerator session on July 11 at LexTran headquarters in Lexington.
Nearly 50 employers, workforce intermediaries, and educators participated in the event which was hosted by TransPORTs, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) and LexTran, the state’s public transit authority.
The Kentucky Apprenticeship Accelerator brought employers, educators, workforce intermediaries, associations and unions to the table to share critical workforce needs and learn how to access critical apprenticeship resources, program support and funding to meet those needs.
U.S. DOL Regional Director Garfield Garner provided insight into the current focus of apprenticeship expansion at the national level. Secretary Ramsey provided an overview of the state’s robust and ongoing commitment to apprenticeship and highlighted examples of companies that are utilizing apprenticeship as a strategic tool to meet workforce recruitment, training, and retention goals. He and Commissioner Dimeny lauded TransPORTs and the Kentucky Cabinet’s office of apprenticeship for their work “fast-tracking” technical assistance, program support and braided federal and state funding to help employers create strong, sustainable apprenticeship programs.
Murray and Kentucky Labor Cabinet apprenticeship program coordinator Brenda Demic provided participants with information on the benefits of apprenticeship for employers as well as practical tools and tips to create new or expanded programs. As a national DOL industry intermediary TransPORTs provides deep technical expertise, program assistance and targeted, strategic funding to help companies accelerate apprenticeship adoption.