Kentucky Department of Education to host apprenticeship summit for employers Oct. 8

Kentucky Department of Education

News Release

Media Contact: Jessica Fletcher

Chief Communications Officer

Office: (502) 564-2000, ext. 4611
Cell: (502) 229-1915

Advisory 19-123


August 22, 2019

Kentucky Department of Education to host apprenticeship summit for employers Oct. 8

(FRANKFORT, KY) – On Oct. 8, the Kentucky Department of Education will host the Inside TRACK to Youth Apprenticeships Summit at the Marriott Louisville East in Louisville.

Targeted toward employers and business associations, the event will focus on the development of Kentucky’s workforce pipeline utilizing the Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky (TRACK) youth apprenticeship program.

TRACK is a business- and industry-driven program designed to create a pipeline for students to enter postsecondary apprenticeship training while gaining credit for courses taken and on-the-job hours worked in high school. Employers are able to tailor the program for their specific needs and select the career and technical education (CTE) courses and students for their apprenticeship program. The program offers high school students seamless career pathway opportunities into Registered Apprenticeship.

The summit is designed to assists employers in connecting with high school students who are concentrating on the following career pathway sectors: agriculture, automotive, business and marketing, culinary arts/hospitality, early childhood education, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and skilled trades.

Topics will include an overview of the CTE system and how employers can connect to it at local and regional levels, a look at Registered Apprenticeship and Youth Registered Apprenticeship, an examination of the return on investment for employers and the use of Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) money for Registered Apprenticeship. The summit will examine areas that often are perceived barriers for employers, including child labor laws, transportation options for getting students to program sites and a workers’ compensation coverage option, as well as the debut of an online connector tool for employers that will allow them to more easily connect with CTE programs in their area.

This is the first such summit to spotlight TRACK, a partnership with KDE and the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Apprenticeship. It is made possible through funds from the $2 million New Skills for Youth grant awarded in January 2017 by JPMorgan Chase to strengthen and expand career and technical pathways for students.

The event is free for employers and business associations, but registrations are limited by sector. Participants are encouraged to register before the Oct. 8 event by visiting the event website.