Sixth Annual Apprenticeship Awareness Breakfast at State Capitol on March 31
Event honors “truly unique Connecticut contribution to
For immediate release
March 30, 2009
WETHERSFIELD - Continuing what has become an early spring tradition, legislative
leaders, labor officials and community representatives will gather March 31 at
the State Capitol in Hartford to pay tribute to the state’s apprenticeship
program during the sixth annual Apprenticeship Awareness Breakfast.
Sponsored by the Connecticut State Apprenticeship Council and the state’s
apprenticeship community, this year’s program, which is titled
“Apprenticeship: The Road To Success,” will be held in Room 310 of the State
Capitol and run from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Speakers will include State Labor Commissioner Patricia H Mayfield, as well as
apprentices who will share their experiences and talk about the job
opportunities the program has provided for them.
Apprenticeship Breakfast gives us the opportunity to recognize this truly
innovative program that has helped so many people ‘earn while they learn’ and
also find their niche in the workforce,” Mayfield explains. “It also allows us
to honor the late Congressman William Fitzgerald of Norwich, who represented
Connecticut’s 2nd District, and is often referred to as the Father of
Norwich native, Congressman Fitzgerald represented the New London-Norwich area
from 1937 to 1938. In addition to sponsoring the original legislation that led
to the National Apprenticeship Act which was signed into law by President
Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937, Fitzgerald also served as a Deputy Commissioner
at the Connecticut Department of Labor, and as Mayor of Norwich.
Apprenticeship, a nationally-recognized program that allows men and women to
learn their chosen trade while on the job, is often referred to as ‘the other
four-year degree,” for providing a successful combination of on-the-job training
and classroom study, Mayfield notes.
development of skilled craft workers is of vital importance to the continued
economic growth of our state and nation,” she said. “Our annual Apprenticeship
Awareness Breakfast is a way for us to spread the word and educate the public
about the job opportunities apprenticeship offers, and the benefits it provides
to our state.”
addition, apprentices and their sponsoring organizations will be on hand to
answer questions and provide additional information about available programs.
Visitors can also check out a special photo exhibit on the upper concourse
of the Legislative Office Building that has been on display through March 31.
According to Labor Department Apprenticeship Program Manager Jack Guerrera, the
state’s apprenticeship system offers career opportunities in more than 400
trades, including carpentry, plumbing and masonry. The Connecticut Department of
Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship Training is responsible for registering
apprentice programs that meet federal and state standards. "Apprenticeship has
been a fixture in our state and on the national employment and training scene
for more than 70 years and Connecticut residents can take pride in its success,"
Nationwide, 80,000 industries and companies offer 395,000 registered
apprenticeship opportunities. In Connecticut, more than 2,500 employers and
labor/management committees employ approximately 6,500 apprentices in registered
about apprenticeship can be found on the agency’s Web site at
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535