Apprenticeship important to bridge gaps in training and employer needs : Georgia Maxwell, Deputy Secretary

Rhinelander : A state workforce official says bridging the gap between student training and employer needs will play an increasingly large role in future job training.

Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell attended a round-table discussion Tuesday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

Maxwell says they hope to work with schools and students about beginning a youth apprenticeship, getting credits that move toward a Registered Apprenticeship. “It’s not just for high schools to be aware, but for parents and employers to know they can work with their high school and collaborate and to get somebody on the apprenticeship path. They can start as a youth apprenticeship and have that time count toward their Registered Apprenticeship, it just shaves off the time it takes.”

Maxwell says the new approach gives youth an idea what is needed for a career, and it might not require a four-year college degree to get that type of job.

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