National Apprenticeship Week Highlights Opportunities

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Monday marks the first day of National Apprenticeship Week. The focus of the week is to show how apprenticeships benefit the workforce.

The Obama administration awarded 46 grants nationwide totaling $175 million. Two of those grants were awarded in Virginia.

The grants will provide apprenticeship training in trade jobs like aviation maintenance, HVAC and plumbing, providing more opportunities and higher paying careers for people in the field.

"Only being here at the plant for five years and being the youngest person in the shop, but that all falls back on the schooling I've been able to take being in the apprenticeship program and that really helped me out a whole lot," said Derick Coleman, who works maintenance and machine repair at NIBCO.

On Friday, the Virginia Employment Commission office will host an open house where you can learn about classes, specific jobs and funding for apprenticeships.