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WESTON, WV– The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 53 (IUPAT DC 53) will be celebrating the U.S. Department of Labor’s seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) with an event Wednesday at their FTI Training Center in Weston.

NAW was established by the U.S. Department of Labor to celebrate the significant impact Registered Apprenticeship programs have had in re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. Hundreds of NAW events and activities will be taking place all over the country, to include open houses, skill competitions, community forums, apprentice graduations, business open houses, high school and college career fairs, apprenticeship signing days, industry roundtable events, diversity and inclusion dialogues, and more.

“Registered Apprenticeship is a proven way for community members to obtain pathways to secure, high-paying careers in the construction industry,” IUPAT DC 53 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Brian Stanley said. “We are proud to support National Apprenticeship Week and to showcase the impact apprenticeships have on building the workforce in this country.

“We hope showcasing our training center will make more people aware of the opportunities available right here in West Virginia. National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring together leading business, labor, education, apprentices, and other critical partners to showcase the impact Registered Apprenticeshipprograms have on building the American workforce, as well as highlight the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity and supporting underserved communities.”

Registered Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to assist and propel individuals who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality by allowing apprentices to earn while they learn and providing a pathway to well-paying careers. NAW gives employers, including sponsors and providers, the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices so that career seekers can learn more about the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship and the programs that are available in their communities. During NAW events, apprentices have a platform to share their apprenticeship experience and how it has transformed their lives. For more information, visit

WHAT:      IUPAT DC 53 Open House for National Apprenticeship Week

WHEN:      Wednesday, November 17, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

WHERE:    117 Label Lane, Weston, WV

* Call Lorie at 681-340-7629 to register to attend.