As unemployment figures decline, the availability of skilled workers is diminished. The remaining people are likely to be those with skills that do not meet those of current employment opportunities in today’s job market. By partnering with employers, the Department of Labor & Industry is helping to fill this void through Montana Registered Apprenticeship program.

As a Montana Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor, employers can access professional assistance to train Montana workers to become highly skilled in their occupational trade or craft. As our state economy becomes more service based, the demand for a technically trained skilled workforce will increase.

Apprenticeship is the oldest known form of skills training. It’s all about a seasoned, skilled worker teaching the skills of their craft to workers new to the trade or craft. Registered apprenticeship training includes both supervised on-the-job training through real work experience and related technical instruction in the classroom. Business, Labor, Education and Government work in cooperation to deliver structured progressive instruction programs designed to develop high-quality, skilled and employable workers.

Apprenticeship is still a mystery to many, who never get the chance to capitalize on the opportunity to “earn while you learn” because often they do not even know it is an option.

The Montana Registered Apprenticeship Program hopes to raise your awareness of Apprenticeship and all the doors it can open for your future. Whether you are interested in becoming a meat cutter or child care development specialist, an electrician or a heavy equipment operator, with hundreds of apprentice-able occupations, there is a career path for nearly everyone.

The Montana Registered Apprenticeship program assists in setting up structured yet flexible training programs recognized by federal and industry standards designed to meet the specific needs of Montana employers through on-the-job training (OJT) and related classroom instruction.

Apprenticeship Programs can be sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups (JATC’s) that can hire and train in a real world working situation.

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