National Apprenticeship Week 2018

Click the images below to hear from local apprentices and company representatives.




















The American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) of WNY is an employer-driven United States Department of Labor (USDOL) workforce development grant for Advanced Manufacturers in WNY.  

The AAI of WNY offers companies:

Apprenticeship offers employees:

  • Tuition reimbursement for apprentices'
    classroom training (related technical
  • Career advancement opportunities
    paired with wage increases
  • Additional leveraged funds for apprentices'
    tools and supplies
  • Nationally recognized credentials
  • Technical support to assist employers
    in expanding their Registered Apprenticeship
    programs and achieve their workforce
    development goals

The AAI of WNY offers apprentices:

  • Personalized access to support
    services to assist successful completion


For more information, see our program brochure.

Additional Funding for Registered Apprenticeship Programs



Questions? Contact the AAI of WNY Staff:


Holly Hutchinson                                                        Minesh Patel

Project Director                                                             Workforce Development Specialist-Apprentices         

(716) 887-2615                                                             (716) 887-2686 
[email protected]                                       [email protected]     


Lindsay Riggs                                                             Adrianne Easley

Workforce Development Specialist                              Project Support Specialist

(716) 887-2706                                                             (716) 887-2708 

Lindsay[email protected]                                           [email protected]


Current AAI of WNY Employers:      

The  AAI of WNY is funded by a $2.9 million grant awarded to the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

by the US Department of Labor,  Employment and Training Administration. The content of this publication

does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the US Department of Labor. 

United Way of Buffalo and Erie County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.