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For Immediate Release:
November 13, 2019
Media Contact:
Carmen Morris


Apprenticeship a viable path for career success

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez will recognize National Apprenticeship Week at Coral Gables Senior High School, 400 Bird Road beginning 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019.  NAW is celebrated in the U.S. November 11-17, 2019.  The Miami-Dade Youth Pre-Apprenticeship Program will highlight the importance of apprenticeship as a viable option for students whether or not they plan to attend college or enter the military after high school graduation.  For students who choose Apprenticeship after high school, this is an opportunity to graduate into a career paying above minimum wage with benefits.  Click on the link to hear from a Homestead Senior High student about his experience:

MDYP was initiated three years ago by District 7 Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez in partnership with CareerSource South Florida, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Florida Department of Education and 13 construction trades.  This is the only school district in the state of Florida with such a program. Participating students have access to apply to 13 Apprenticeship programs in the construction industry. Local plans for recognizing Apprenticeships are as follows: 

Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Friday, November 15, 2019

National Apprenticeship Week was established by the U.S. Department of Labor to showcase the positive impact apprenticeships have on addressing skills gaps and preparing the workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Visit for more information.

Workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn an average of $300,000 more over their career compared to peers who don't.  According to labor statistics, 94 percent of apprentices retain employment.  Since January 2017, 583,000 new apprentices have been added, with an average starting wage of $70,000 after completion of an apprenticeship. For more information, contact Carmen Morris at 305-510-7921.