OPINION: Apprenticeships help solve Idaho’s labor challenges

Friday November 12, 2021 By Governor Brad Little The “Now Hiring” and “Help Wanted” job postings are everywhere. Idaho’s economy is booming, and jobs are readily available, but some employers still cannot fill jobs with the skilled workers they need. The labor market challenges are multifaceted, but employers across the state have one thing in […]

Idaho Receives $4.25 Million Federal Grant to Expand, Diversify Registered Apprenticeships

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: July 2, 2021 Media Contacts: Darlene Carnopis, darlene.carnopis@labor.idaho.gov or Gina Robison, gina.robison@labor.idaho.gov Idaho is one of 15 states to receive a U.S Department of Labor grant to expand its Apprenticeship Idaho program. The $4.25 million grant will be administered by the Idaho Department of Labor. “Idaho employers have one thing […]

Business, Government and Education Work to Increase Idaho Apprenticeships

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Nov. 9, 2020 Media Contact: Gina Robison, Gina@Robison@labor.idaho.gov Nov. 8-14 – National Apprenticeship Week A team of state agencies is using more than $5.8 million in federal grants to foster growth and expansion of registered apprenticeships as a solution for Idaho businesses struggling to find a skilled workforce. State agencies […]

Workforce Experts to Discuss Benefits of Youth Apprenticeships in Online Event

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: June 9, 2020 Media Contact: Georgia Smith, georgia.smith@labor.idaho.gov or Gina Robison, gina.robison@labor.idaho.gov Idaho businesses, educators and career counselors are encouraged to participate in Expanding Youth Apprenticeship in Idaho, a free virtual apprenticeship accelerator, June 18, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. MT. The web-based event will focus on how youth apprenticeship […]

Idaho Apprenticeships Help Meet the Demand for Health Care Workers

Creating career pathways helps the medical industry and the state meet local workforce needs Linda Akike came to Boise from the Republic of Congo. She always dreamed of being a nurse, so when she heard she could enroll in a program that may lead to a full-time job at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in […]

Idaho Apprenticeships Increase 67 percent from 2016-18

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Nov. 2, 2018 Information Contact: John Russ, (208) 332-3570 ext. 3303 or Georgia Smith, (208) 332-3570 ext. 2102 Idaho Celebrates Apprenticeship Week Nov. 12-18 Idaho apprenticeship programs and apprentices are on the rise across Idaho and the nation. As the number of Idaho businesses sponsoring apprenticeships more than doubled from 2016 […]

Entry Level Residential Carpentry Apprenticeships Available

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Oct. 2, 2018 Information Contact:  Darren Rux (208) 332-3575, ext. 3074 If you or someone you know is interested in a residential construction career, the Idaho Department of Labor has several carpentry apprenticeship opportunities available in the Treasure Valley. These entry-level positions are full time with wages ranging from $11.68 to […]

Developing a Skilled Workforce Through Registered Apprenticeships

by Idaho Department of Labor Director Melinda S. Smyser Not too long ago, St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood found itself in need of a medical lab scientist. After searching eight months for a qualified applicant, hospital officials worked with their local Idaho Department of Labor office to develop a registered apprenticeship program. Today the program […]

Apprenticeships Go Beyond the Traditional Focus

Apprenticeships are no longer just for traditional trade and craft occupations like brick masons or bakers. Today’s apprenticeships have expanded to include careers in many fields such as information technology and health care. With this change in apprenticeship opportunities comes additional flexibility for the employer as well. When an employer registers an apprenticeship in Idaho, […]

Idaho Receives $1.4 Million Federal Grant to Increase Registered Apprenticeships

Idaho is one of 37 recipients that will use a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand registered apprenticeships throughout the state in health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and energy. Earlier this year the state received a $200,000 planning grant to develop a strategy. “Idaho businesses are calling for a […]