Workforce Investment Board holds Apprenticeship Forum

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A local organization is working to help businesses find employees and help students become those employees.

Having trouble finding enough qualified workers for the number of openings your company has? If so, why not consider hiring men and women trained through an apprenticeship program like those offered by the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri? That was the purpose of the 2nd annual Apprenticeship Forum.

“A variety of different stakeholders across education, across business, across economic and industrial development and get all these people in the same room and make them aware of the training program itself, what it means, what it entails, all the benefits associated with it and then bring everybody together and facilitate the utilization of these emerging talent pipelines,” says Frank Neely, Research & Logistics, W.I.B.

Pineville, Missouri mayor Greg Sweeten would recommend program graduates and is looking to hire more.

“Several years ago they provided us with three additional folks to help out during a disaster and so we’re looking to maybe find some extra help for our city,” says Gregg Sweeten.

Franklin Tech Center Director Dave Rockers is looking to connect his students with employers when they finish their apprenticeship training.

“We want people to know we’ve got students that we’re looking for placement in the workplace and also a chance for us to meet with companies about opportunities that might be there for many of our different programs,” says Dave Rockers.

And in the Neosho school system, students don’t have to wait until high school to start getting the training they’ll need to transition directly into the workforce after graduation.

“We’ve got junior high students that are now going out into businesses getting hands on experience, I know last month was healthcare month for us and we had students actually sitting in dental chairs and getting to work with dental instruments,” says Dr. Jim Cummins, Neosho Superintendent.

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