Kentucky labor secretary talks apprenticeship program in Paducah

Kentucky trained. Kentucky built. The state’s labor secretary, Derrick Ramsey, stopped by our newsroom to let you and your children know about another option after high school. 

It’s the state’s apprenticeship program.

The program lasts for four years. Once complete, you’ll have 4,000 to 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, with 144 hours inside the classroom. 

Ramsey says it pays right now — not later — in jobs like plumbing, construction, and even health care.

Ramsey says Kentucky needs 54 percent of the workforce to be in those jobs. Right now, it’s only 44 percent. 

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