Job Apprenticeship Programs Blossom; Nearly 9 Out Of 10 Trainees Get Hired

February 1, 2016

More Michigan employers and educators are using apprenticeships to train job seekers for new careers, a trend that could continue as federal and state governments focus on the programs.

There are about 9,100 apprentices in registered apprenticeship programs in Michigan, up from 7,500 in February 2013.

"This is something that we've really focused a lot of attention on in the last couple of years," said Christine Quinn, director of the Michigan Workforce Development Agency. "Apprenticeships seem to be coming back in full force."

Michigan colleges, employers and workforce development officials hope to add even more apprentices with the help of recently announced federal grant opportunities.

President Barack Obama last week announced the availability of nearly $500 million in competitive grants for community colleges, employers and industry leaders to develop job-driven training programs.

He also revealed several other efforts, including $100 million in grants to expand the use of apprenticeships, especially those in high-growth fields and programs that involve skills certifications or college credit.

View the full article by MLive for more information on job apprentice programs in Michigan.

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