Governor Kathy Hochul today issued a proclamation declaring November Learning Month in New York State. The proclamation celebrates New York’s apprenticeship program, which is one of the largest in the nation with more than 17,000 registered apprentices in various skilled trades and more than 900 programs across the state. Recorded apprenticeships provide New Yorkers with an essential pathway to access quality career opportunities through hands-on learning and direct work experience with high salaries and good benefits. The New York State Department of Labor visited Tiffany & Co. today to celebrate the launch of its parent company, New York State’s first registered apprenticeship program. NYSDOL will continue to visit other apprenticeship programs throughout the state throughout the month.
“Apprenticeships act as an essential launch pad for impactful, high-paying careers, and we’re proud to have one of the strongest and most robust apprenticeship programs in the country, right here in New York City,” Governor Hochul said. “During the inaugural month of apprenticeship in New York State, we celebrate the many local businesses that expand opportunities for New York job seekers and the thousands of registered apprentices, work groups and of business organizations working to fill critical jobs and grow our state’s talent pool.”
New York State has one of the largest apprenticeship programs in the country. There are currently 17,113 registered apprentices participating in various skilled trades in 912 programs powered by 622 sponsors across New York State. Participation in registered apprenticeships in New York State continues to grow, with 79 new programs and 15 new trades in the past year alone.
Recorded learnings have been the backbone of the construction industry for decades. However, in recent years companies outside of the construction trades have recognized the value of this educational path and have launched their own apprenticeship programs. Organizations like the Manufacturers Alliance of New York and companies like Tiffany & Co. are paving the way for future expansion of apprenticeship programs that will open new doors for New Yorkers and create the state’s talent pool for fill critical jobs.
New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said: “Recorded apprenticeships allow New Yorkers to earn money to support themselves and their families, while learning the skills they need to succeed. I thank Governor Hochul for shining the light this centuries-old program, which offers New Yorkers of all backgrounds an unparalleled opportunity to secure rewarding, in-demand careers across all economic sectors.”
Gena Smith, LVMH North America Human Resources Director, said: “Through our Métiers d’Excellence Registered Apprenticeship program, LVMH strives to introduce luxury craftsmanship and craftsmanship to a wider audience while simultaneously creating a diverse and strong talent pool for our more than 75 brands of We thank the New York State Department of Labor for working with Tiffany & Co. to train the first cohort of the next generation of artisans in jewelry design and manufacturing in the United States.”
Mary Bellai, Global Head of Human Resources, Tiffany & Co. said: “We are thrilled to begin the Careers of Excellence program following our recently launched social impact platform, Tiffany Atrium. The Careers of Excellence initiative will allow us to strengthen the diversity and inclusiveness of the workforce. work of Tiffany & Co. through one of our fundamental pillars of Tiffany Atrium – education. Our efforts will support the long-term growth and development of students, early career professionals and educational institutions. in the USA “
Gary LaBarbera, President of New York State Building Trades, said: “As New York continues to invest in critical infrastructure and clean energy projects, apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs that provide hands-on, on-site training will play a key role in developing a workforce. highly skilled work of tradesmen and women who can effectively advance these initiatives. We thank Governor Hochul for highlighting the critical role of these programs by designating the month of November as Learning Month in the “New York State. We remain committed to providing New Yorkers from marginalized communities and diverse backgrounds with a path to high-paying, middle-class jobs through careers in the unionized construction industry and I look forward to to see the continued contributions of these individuals to rebuilding New York for the better.”
Randy Wolken, president of MACNY and the Manufacturers Alliance of New York, said: “New York’s Registered Apprenticeship Program continues to expand across the state, offering hard-working residents the opportunity to earn while learning through direct work experience. MACNY and our partners of the Alliance are proud to partner with the New York State Department of Labor, SUNY, and other educational institutions to provide registered apprenticeship programs and to help meet growing labor needs. New and Emerging Industries We thank Governor Hochul for proclaiming November as Learning Month in New York State and for recognizing and supporting these ongoing workforce initiatives.
NYSDOL kicked off Apprenticeship Month in New York State by visiting Tiffany & Co. for the launch of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy’s first Métiers d’Excellence program in the United States with Tiffany & Co. This registered apprenticeship program will train future jewelers in design and retail service with an emphasis on recruiting artists from historically underrepresented communities. Eight apprentices are currently enrolled in the inaugural program. SUNY’s Institute of Fashion Technology will assist in the training of apprentices.
In addition to the visit to Tiffany & Co., NYSDOL will travel to the state to meet with registered learning programs including Classroom Academy in the Capital Region, Nail Creek Pub & Brewery in the Mohawk Valley , the City of Buffalo Fire Department in Western New York, Sheetmetal Worker Local 58 in Central New York, Electricians JAC of Jamestown Local #106 in the Southern Tier, Strategic Global Aviation LLC in the Mohawk Valley and more. These events will be highlighted on NYSDOL’s social media platforms.
NYSDOL continues to expand recorded learnings into new areas across New York State in partnership with the New York State Department of Education, which oversees the instructional component of the programs. Companies interested in starting a program should visit the NYSDOL Learning Resources webpage.
Acting SUNY Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said: “SUNY’s longstanding partnerships with the New York State Department of Labor and businesses across our state result in a wide range of learning opportunities that expand each year. This special collaboration between the famous Tiffany & Co., their parent company and global luxury leader, LVMH, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, is the first in our country, and creates an exciting opportunity for these eight individuals to launch fulfilling careers in jewelry design and retail service. Our thanks to Governor Hochul for her commitment to learning and workforce development, and the continued investment by New York State needed to grow our programs. “
Dr. Joyce Brown, President of the Fashion Institute of Technology, said: “Learning programs from leading companies like LVMH and Tiffany & Co. create a pipeline between academia and industry that gives our talented FIT students the pathway to develop the experience and skills they need to success in their careers. Learning has long been a critical part of workforce development and I would like to thank Governor Hochul and the Department of Labor for launching this important initiative that provides businesses with access to the New York State talent pool.”
New York State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa said: “When we share our work and learn from each other, our collective capacity grows and all of our students benefit. A career path that includes apprenticeships allows individuals to start a career and learn at the same time, providing a solid foundation for exciting careers.”
New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said: “It is essential that we provide the opportunity, knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly competitive global environment. Apprenticeships provide on-the-job training, combined with related classroom training, which can open doors to students that were previously locked.”