Gov. Brad Little has proclaimed the entire month of November as Idaho Apprenticeship Month.
Registered Apprenticeships are a proven pathway for job seekers to join the workforce and receive paid, on-the-job training leading to a recognized certification or credential in a working industry of their interest.
Apprenticeships have a 90% success rate of apprentices remaining as an employee in an industry after completing their program.
“There are multiple pathways to success,” Little said. “We need more young Idahoans to go on to postsecondary education, and we’ve been very intentional about expanding ‘go-on’ to include opportunities outside of the traditional four-year college degree – including apprenticeships.”
Many recognizable industries participate in the Registered Apprenticeship program including construction, welding, technology, health care and others.
Funding for apprenticeships can be found through Idaho LAUNCH. This program has expanded and offers graduating high school seniors grants that cover 80% of the cost for an education or training program that leads to an in-demand career, or up to $8,000.
Seniors can apply for Idaho LAUNCH funds on the NextSteps Idaho website.
National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 13 – 17, is a nationwide, week-long celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education and government leaders showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship.
National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeship, a proven and industry-driven training model, provides a critical talent pipeline. This pipeline can help address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges such as responding to critical supply-chain demands, supporting a clean energy workforce, modernizing our cybersecurity response, addressing public health issues and rebuilding our country’s infrastructure.
For more information about statewide activities, visit the Apprenticeship.gov website.
To learn more about Registered Apprenticeship in Idaho, visit apprenticeshipidaho.gov
Lindsay Trombly, public information specialist
Idaho Department of Labor