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KentuckyWorks Collaborative sets first meeting for Feb. 28 at Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort

The first meeting of the KentuckyWorks Collaborative is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. Eastern time at the Kentucky Historical Society at 100 W. Broadway in Frankfort. Gov. Matt Bevin, in partnership with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB), signed an executive order establishing the KentuckyWorks Collaborative to guide...

Kentucky partners with Hamilton-Ryker to create new apprenticeship programs in Lexington

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) along with Hamilton-Ryker in Lexington has announced the creation of new manufacturing and IT apprenticeship programs. As a program sponsor and intermediary, Hamilton-Ryker’s “TalentGro” offers Registered Apprenticeships that will serve as a pipeline in both manufacturing and IT. With over 20 different paid apprenticeship roles, apprentices...

Education & Workforce Development Cabinet launches state’s first interactive workforce dashboard

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) has launched the state’s first interactive workforce dashboard in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) and Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB). The Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) Dashboard is an interactive tool designed to display near real-time workforce information for Kentucky’s 10 LWDAs....

Bevin signs order consolidating adult education services, WIOA partners under one agency

In an effort to align the state’s workforce resources, Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an Executive Order placing adult education services within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). Kentucky’s adult education services play a key role in helping Kentuckians become college and career ready by preparing individuals for the GED high school equivalency test, postsecondary education...

KY Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and KWIB establishes KentuckyWorks Collaborative

Gov. Matt Bevin, in partnership with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB), signed an executive order establishing the KentuckyWorks Collaborative to guide the Commonwealth’s workforce efforts through statewide implementation of KWIB’s strategic plan, Kentucky Work Ready: An Urgent Call to Action. “The creation of the...

State releases unemployment data for November; for first time, no county exceeds 10 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 107 Kentucky counties between November 2017 and November 2018, rose in nine, and stayed the same in four counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. For the first time since October 2000, Kentucky did not have any counties with an unemployment rate of 10 percent or above. Woodford...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate remains unchanged in November at 4.5 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. That was unchanged from October and the same as in November 2017. According to figures released on Thursday, Kentucky added 277 individuals to its civilian labor force, bringing the state’s...

Kentucky librarians awarded Library Science Tuition Scholarship for spring 2019 semester

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, in partnership with the Kentucky State Board of Certifications of Librarians, has awarded the Library Science Tuition Scholarship to 12 public library professionals for the spring 2019 semester. Kentucky law requires public libraries to be staffed by personnel certified by the Kentucky State Board for the Certification of Librarians. In an effort...

Dataseam creates two-year apprenticeship program to serve as pipeline to multiple professional areas

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Deputy Secretary Josh Benton has joined officials from Dataseam of Louisville in Whitley County to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. This two-year Registered Apprenticeship will serve as a pipeline to space science, state/local government, banking and financial services. Through this paid apprenticeship opportunity, students...

Derrick Ramsey: Enhancing Kentucky’s workforce through apprenticeship; get Work Ready Skills

As Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, I am committed to finding new ways to help ensure Kentuckians are equipped with the necessary skills, education and training they need to continue enhancing the state’s workforce. Traveling across the Commonwealth, I consistently hear from parents and students about the rising cost of education. At the same time, local business...

OVR awarded $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees retain jobs

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees remain in their job or return to work. Kentucky is one of only eight states to receive a federal Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) demonstration grant to develop a pilot...

Unemployment rates fall in 115 Kentucky counties in past year; Boone, Campbell, Woodford at 3.1 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 115 Kentucky counties between August 2017 and August 2018, rose in Owen, Monroe and Metcalfe counties, and stayed the same in Nelson and Lyon counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Boone, Campbell and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in Kentucky at 3.1 percent each....

Clay, Livingston counties certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress

Gov. Matt Bevin announced this week that Clay and Livingston Counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “Everything we aspire to economically is contingent on our communities having a skilled workforce that is ready and able to fulfill the needs of employers,” Bevin said. “Earning the Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification gives counties a competitive...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases July 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for July was up from the 4.2 percent reported for June. The preliminary July 2018 jobless rate was down 0.7 percentage points from the 5 percent recorded for the state in July...

Bevin appoints Josh Benton as Deputy Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday the appointment of Josh Benton as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Benton will serve the cabinet with current Deputy Secretary Brad Montell. “Improving Kentucky’s workforce development is a top priority for our administration,” said Bevin. “I am grateful for the expertise and enthusiasm Josh brings to...

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases June 2018 unemployment data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June 2018 unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for June 2018 was up from the 4.1 percent reported for May 2018. The preliminary June 2018 jobless rate was down 0.9 percentage points from the 5.1 percent recorded...

Kentucky’s Division of Apprenticeship transitions to Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has announced the transition of the Division of Apprenticeship from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet to KEWDC’s Office of Employment and Training. The division, in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Apprenticeship and Training, oversees Kentucky’s registered apprenticeship program. Kentucky’s registered apprenticeship program is rapidly becoming...

Latest KYSTATS report shows slight increase in unemployment across Kentucky in May

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2018 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The unemployment rate for May 2018 was up from the 4 percent reported for April 2018. The preliminary May 2018 jobless rate was down 1 percentage point from the 5.1 percent recorded for the state in May 2017. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for...

Perkins Vocational Training Center, CVS Health celebrate new training program with ribbon cutting

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center in Thelma and CVS Health recently celebrated the grand opening of the CVS Retail Pharmacy Collaborative program and mock pharmacy store with a ribbon cutting at the center. The new collaboration will train Kentuckians with disabilities for employment in a retail store such as CVS Pharmacy, and be the first mock pharmacy program in the state. “Congratulations...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases May 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2018 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2018 was up from the 4 percent reported for April 2018. The preliminary May 2018 jobless rate was down 1 percentage point from the 5.1 percent recorded...