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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                April 16, 2007





As a member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, Mayor Mufi Hannemann is recognizing the outstanding efforts and sacrifices of Honolulu’s local apprenticeship programs by sponsoring “Registered Apprenticeship Awareness Week” beginning today (Monday, April 16th).  

Mayor Hannemann issued a proclamation commemorating this event at a ceremony in his office on Friday, attended by nearly three dozen representatives of the construction, health, transportation, retail, energy and hospitality industries throughout the state of Hawaii, as well as the state departments of education and labor. 

“A well trained work force is key for the future economic success of our Honolulu,” Hannemann said.  “As a member of the Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, I’m honored that Honolulu is the first and only city in the nation to sponsor an Apprenticeship Awareness Week.”

2007 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act.

“Mayor Hannemann’s strong commitment to apprenticeship demonstrates his awareness of the need to invest in our young people and our workforce,” said Alfred Valles, the State Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship. “The mayor realizes that well trained workers provide advantages for Honolulu’s employers and local families.  In 2005, he worked with Hawaii’s congressional delegation and was instrumental in fighting to keep our Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard open."

Apprenticeship Awareness Week is being celebrated throughout the week in the courtyard of Honolulu Hale with informational displays put up by members of the Job Corps.


Contact: Bill Brennan  527-6928 or Al Valles at 541-2519



Monday, April 16, 2007

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