DIY star will open today's apprenticeship forum

DIY: Kayleen McCabe, a general contractor, TV host, and marketer, is the keynote speaker for the two-day forum "Let's Get to Work – HireGuam" on Nov. 12-13. The Guam Department of Labor and the Guam Contractors Association is working together to organize the forum. Photo courtesy of

It's a two-day forum with a little bit of star power that aims to help build Guam's labor pool.

Kayleen McCabe, a general contractor who won her own television series by beating out dozens of male competitors, will be the keynote speaker for the November forum. McCabe was the star of five seasons of DIY Network's "Rescue Renovation," the show where she renovated older, dilapidated homes and turned them into dream dwellings. 

The Guam Department of Labor and the Guam Contractors Association are inviting the community to participate in the 2019 Registered Apprenticeship Industry Forum Nov. 12-13 at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. This year’s theme is “Let’s Get to Work – HireGUAM.”

The forum coincides with National Apprenticeship Week, and will give participants an in-depth look at the many benefits of apprenticeship.

Local officials have been trying to encourage more local workers to get into the trades industry, offering free to inexpensive training programs with partners including the Guam Community College, Guam Contractors Association and other organizations and businesses. The forum also is part of the Guam DOL Apprenticeship Office's effort to help local businesses thrive. 

McCabe, an advocate of trade careers and education, will be among the industry professionals who will speak about the success of apprenticeship programs and careers in the trades. Attendees will also hear from other experts, education and training leaders and individuals actively working and learning in Guam Registered Apprenticeship Programs.

The forum will also focus on:

• Success stories – from apprentice to journey worker;

• The Guam Registered Apprenticeship Program tax credit program;

• The Guam State Apprenticeship Agency’s expansion grants and how they can develop your business;

• How the GDOL Apprenticeship Office can develop and support your apprenticeship program; and

• Creating apprenticeship programs in nontraditional occupations.

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