Virginia Works Newsletter
October - November 2004


Employers Are Tapping Into
Virginia’s Most Vital Resource - Youth

Registered Apprenticeships lead to certifications in both professional and skilled occupations in the Commonwealth. Over 832 occupations are currently recognized by the Virginia Apprenticeship Council and the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship. In Virginia over 1000 youth ages 16-21 are participating in a range of occupations that vary from cook to operating engineer to horticulturist to machinist to welder to party chief.

Virginia employers have employed and registered youth in over 100 occupations. The most widely used occupations of the Apprenticeship Program for students are electricians, machinists, cosmetologists, barbers, heating and air conditioning technicians, cooks, plumbers, pipefitters, shipfitters and sheet-metal workers.

The Virginia Voluntary Apprenticeship Program was established in 1938. Apprenticeship training is used in more than 300 occupations in Virginia. Over 11,000 registered apprentices are currently employed by more than 1,900 employers throughout the Commonwealth.

The Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry serves as Secretary to the Virginia Apprentice Council. Beverley Donati is the Program Director for the Registered Apprenticeship Program. For more information about Apprenticeship and to find a local apprenticeship representative, visit the Department’s Web site at


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Last Updated: Monday, October 18, 2004 3:40 PM