RCBI celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with lunch & learns

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by hosting three free Lunch & Learns to highlight the benefits of apprenticeship.

The events in Fairmont, Huntington and Ripley will be co-hosted by the regional Workforce Investment Boards. Board representatives will be on hand to speak to companies about funding available for workforce training.

RCBI’s Apprenticeship Works initiative helps companies implement registered apprenticeship programs in 20 manufacturing occupations. Supported by a U.S. Department of Labor grant, the program is working with industry partners in West Virginia and 17 other states.

Registered apprenticeship initiatives combine hands-on, work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards to complement skills gained on the job.

At each event, representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship will discuss how apprenticeship programs are improving recruitment and retention for manufacturers across the country.

The following events are planned:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

Co-hosted by the Region VI Workforce Investment Board, the event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Marion County Visitors Center, 1000 Cole Street, Pleasant Valley.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

Co-hosted by the Region 2 Workforce Development Board, the event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Robert C. Byrd Institute, 1050 Fourth Ave., Huntington.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

Co-hosted by the Workforce Development Board Mid-Ohio Valley, the event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Jackson County Development Authority, 167 Seneca Drive, Ripley.

Seating is limited, so register in advance by contacting Becky Calwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304-720-7740.