For Immediate Release: Nov. 8, 2023
Media Contact: Gina.Robison@labor.idaho.gov
Those interested in exploring a career in transportation and trades can learn about how apprenticeships can help “earn while you learn” in a free webinar Nov.16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. via Zoom.
The Idaho Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau are partnering with Apprenticeship Idaho to host this event.
Apprenticeship is an alternative pathway to a meaningful career. It offers paid on-the-job training that can lead to a certificate or recognized credential. Women who pursue apprenticeship can attest to better-than-average pay, benefits and career advancement opportunities, according to recent research from the Urban Institute.
“A key strategy for improving women’s wages is to get them into higher-paying, nontraditional careers such as transportation and trades,” said Kelly Jenkins-Pultz, regional administrator of the Women’s Bureau’s Western Region.
To celebrate Women in Apprenticeship Day and National Apprenticeship Week, a panel of women will discuss and answer questions about their career experience and knowledge of apprenticeship programs. Gov. Brad Little will also provide a video message for those who attend.
Panelists include Jessika Doglietto, Lori Copeland and Janet Zarate with the Idaho Transportation Department, Charity Nicholson who’s a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) student at the College of Western Idaho, and Economist Jan Roeser with the Idaho Department of Labor.
Apprenticeship Idaho’s Supervisor Gina Robison and Jenkins-Pultz will be facilitating and guiding the conversation at the event.
Registration is free and available on Zoom here.
Apprenticeship Idaho is also encouraging schools, organizations and businesses to conduct watch parties during the webinar. Apprenticeship Idaho will provide a list of discussion questions to those wishing to participate. These will be sent over email to those who register and state they are registering a watch party.
Graduating high school students interested in apprenticeship opportunities across the state are welcome to apply for Idaho LAUNCH funds. Students can earn up to $8,000 for education and training that lead to in-demand careers. Apply for funds at nextsteps.idaho.gov
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The Idaho Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship program is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of an Employment and Training Administration grant award totaling $4,250,000.