National Apprenticeship Week 2021 a Success

Gov. Spencer Cox declared Nov. 15-20, 2021 National Apprenticeship Week in Utah. The declaration stated, “Registered Apprenticeship is a time-tested and proven method of ensuring that the demand of skilled workers can be met in Utah and nationally.” In a meeting with Melisa Stark, Commissioner of Apprenticeship programs, and members of the Apprenticeship Utah Network, Cox expressed the importance of increasing apprenticeship opportunities in our state as another pathway to career success.

Gov. Spencer Cox meets with the Apprenticeship Utah Network after declaring Nov. 15-20 National Apprenticeship week. Pictured left to right: Jared Brydson, Apprenticeship Network co-chair; Jeff Worthington, Utah AFL-CIO; Melisa Stark, Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs; Gov. Spencer Cox; Pat Miller, Office of Apprenticeship state director; Alexia Murphy, Department of Workforce Services program specialist; Joey Gilbert, Apprenticeship Network co-chair; Peter Reed, Talent Ready program manager.

Apprenticeship is an “earn and learn” training model that combines on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction. Benefits include incremental wage increases, job security and a portable, nationally or industry-recognized credential, certificate or degree.

There are currently more than 4,400 active apprentices in Utah in more than 260 programs. Apprentices get paid to learn job skills and make an average of $60,000 per year upon completing their apprenticeship. 

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Workforce Services and its partners hosted events daily and Melisa Stark participated in TV and radio interviews promoting apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship and Job Fair. Webinar topics included:

Additionally, a virtual Apprenticeship and Job Fair was held with more than 30 apprenticeship sponsors and over 100 employers looking to hire. To finish up the week, the first Apprenticeship Awards breakfast honored nine organizations as Apprenticeship Champions and Carl Brailsford, training director, Utah Electrical Training Alliance, for his Lifetime Achievement in promoting apprenticeships in Utah. For more information about apprenticeships in Utah visit

Champion Award recipients included: Apprenti, Associated General Contractors, Cascade Automotive, JD Machine, Metalcraft Technologies, Mountain States Line Constructors, Salt Lake Community College, Utah Transit Authority and Wasatch Electric. 

Melisa Stark presents Carl Brailsford, Utah Electrical Training Alliance, with his Lifetime Achievement Award.