pexels pixabay 159306CHICAGO – This week marks the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week, and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is encouraging Chicagoans to participate in local apprenticeships.

“For years, this week has always been a time for workers to promote growth in business and employment,” Van Pelt said. “This year, as millions struggle with unemployment, I encourage people to use this time to explore training options and learn a new skill.”

During National Apprenticeship Week, businesses, communities and educators have the opportunity to highlight their apprenticeship programs and apprentices, and demonstrate the value apprenticeship programs offer businesses, careers seekers and their communities.

Apprenticeships allow businesses to develop and prepare their future workforce, and can be life changing to individuals.

“Apprenticeships not only provide the skilled workers who help Illinois trades and industries to be successful. Apprenticeships also provide a path to success, pride and good-paying jobs for many thousands of workers in Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Labor Director Michael Kleinik.

More information on apprenticeships and National Apprenticeship Week can be found at Those looking for apprenticeships in the Chicagoland area can use this locator.