The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) celebrates this year’s National Apprenticeship Week and Georgia Apprenticeship Week by hosting the state’s first-ever Georgia Apprenticeship Summit to highlight the importance of apprenticeships in building a skilled, industry-leading workforce in Georgia.
At the event on Thursday, workforce leaders, Georgia businesses, and community stakeholders gathered to learn about how apprenticeships can expand the state’s workforce, and how employers and communities can access funding and resources provided by TCSG and local technical colleges, which collectively serve as the state’s largest network of Registered Apprenticeship sponsors.
“For many Georgians, there are now job opportunities in their backyards that would be hard to imagine just a few years ago. Apprenticeships are critical to making sure our workforce not only fills the jobs added to the state, but more importantly has the skills needed the lead in their respective companies and industries,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier.
In 2022, Georgia announced historic apprenticeship achievements, including:
- Establishing Georgia’s first-ever state-funded apprenticeship expansion program, the High Demand Career Initiatives Program;
- Announcing the record-breaking $4.2M Apprenticeships for Economic Recovery Grant to create apprenticeships in industries critical to Georgia’s economic recovery; and
- Launching Apprentice Georgia, the apprenticeship promotion and expansion arm of TCSG.
“Apprenticeships give us the opportunity to train and educate to our industry’s high standards, and also mentor and develop talent for other businesses, small and large,” said Steve Olive, President of Oasis Aviation Maintenance, Inc., a Georgia employer selected for the 2022 HDCI Program. “The support we receive from the Technical College System of Georgia and our Local Workforce Development Board, WorkSource Three Rivers, has helped us develop a steady pipeline of apprentices and access resources that ensure a successful apprenticeship program.”
To date, TCSG and its network of 22 technical colleges have created more than 220 Registered Apprenticeship Programs, and served more than 1,000 registered apprentices throughout the state. To learn more about Apprentice Georgia and the apprenticeship-related resources available, visit www.TCSG.edu/Apprentice.
About Apprentice Georgia
Apprentice Georgia, powered by the Technical College System of Georgia, is the apprenticeship promotion and expansion arm of the State of Georgia, and focused on building a statewide skilled workforce through Registered Apprenticeship Programs. With the support of Apprentice Georgia, TCSG, in partnership with Georgia’s 22 technical colleges, serves as the largest network of registered apprenticeship sponsors in the state, and collectively serve hundreds of apprentices every year. Apprentice Georgia provides apprenticeship-related resources, funding opportunities, and support for Georgia employers seeking to expand their workforce through Registered Apprenticeships in high-demand occupations. To learn more about Apprentice Georgia, visit www.TCSG.edu/Apprentice.
About the High Demand Career Initiatives (HDCI) Program
In 2022, the High Demand Career Initiatives (HDCI) Program, authorized by Georgia Senate Bill 379, was signed into law by Governor Brian P. Kemp. As Georgia’s first-ever state-funded apprenticeship initiative, the HDCI Program represents a historic investment by the State of Georgia in registered apprenticeships. The HDCI Program provides funding to Georgia employers to incentivize the creation and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs throughout the state. This program aims to both upskill Georgians and increase skilled talent within Georgia’s high-demand industries. For more information about Georgia’s HDCI Program visit www.tcsg.edu/HDCI
About the Technical College System of Georgia
The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in more than 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit TCSG.edu