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Invited to Apprenticeship Whitehouse Summit


Greg Chambers, Oberg’s Director of Corporate Compliance and Director of Apprenticeship Training, represented Oberg Industries recently at a Summit on Apprenticeships held at the Whitehouse in Washington D.C. and at a Congressional Event on Capitol Hill.

Oberg Industries is one of a select group of PA employers recognized as an ApprenticeshipUSA LEADER by the U.S. government. The ApprenticeshipUSA initiative is a bi-partisan effort to increase the competitiveness of U.S. workers in the global economy. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez hosted the White House Summit and a host of U.S. Senators and Representatives from both parties were present at the Congressional Event on Capitol Hill. ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERS come from various industry sectors – Information Technology, Health Care, Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, and Skilled Trades – as well as critical stakeholders like employers, industry associations, labor, workforce, education, economic development, and community-based organizations, among others.

Our government officials thanked the companies that committed to be ApprenticshipUSA LEADERS for their leadership and willingness to expand apprenticeships in the USA. They view this initiative as vital to their efforts to train America’s workers so that we have the most highly skilled workforce in the world. In addition to Oberg Industries, there were only 140 other organizations nationwide that were recognized as ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERS at these events.

Plus, in recognition of the first Annual National Apprenticeship Week, November 2 -5, 2015, announced by President Obama in late summer, Oberg Industries and a host of regional workforce development organizations such as Catalyst Connection, Pittsburgh NTMA, Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, the Butler County Consortium, and Light Center are planning an event called “Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow” to be held Wednesday, November 4th at the Succop Theater on the campus of Butler County Community College, Butler, PA.

Officials from the United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship will be available to share information and raise awareness about the many values and benefits of creating and implementing Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs. This event is FREE and those who should attend include: business and industry leaders, high school, college, and university administrators, parents and students, workforce and economic development agencies, veterans, and other community based organizations. For a complete agenda and more details, please click on the special PDF file shown below. Cost: This event is free however seating is limited – register today!

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