The door and window industries are no strangers to workforce shortages. The larger construction industry has monthly worker shortages of around 300,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and door and window companies have experienced firsthand the difficulties of hiring and retaining workers. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) believes encouraging apprenticeships is one such strategy to turn the tide on shortages.

As such, DOL has dedicated a week to highlighting the importance of apprenticeships via the 9th Annual National Apprenticeship Week, from Nov. 13-19, 2023.

This year’s theme, “Registered Apprenticeship: Superhighway to Good Jobs,” underscores the significance of apprenticeship programs as a proven and industry-driven model that paves the way to rewarding careers.

Each day of the week focuses on a particular subject. The daily themes are:

  • Monday, November 13 – Registered Apprenticeship for Youth;
  • Tuesday, November 14 – Registered Apprenticeship in New and Emerging Industries;
  • Wednesday, November 15 – Expanding Registered Apprenticeship to Underserved Populations;
  • Thursday, November 16 – Women in Registered Apprenticeship; and
  • Friday, November 17 – Registered Apprenticeship for Veterans and Federal Employees.

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