Registered Youth Apprenticeships - for Employers and Career Centers
Missouri's Registered Youth Apprenticeship program allows students across the state the opportunity to participate in a structured combination of school-based and work-based learning. As part of the Department's Top 10 by 20 initiative, the Registered Youth Apprenticeship program addresses the dual role of both preparing career-ready students while also providing Missouri with a highly skilled, technologically competitive workforce. Students are provided the opportunity to remain enrolled in academic classes designed to meet high school graduation requirements while at the same time partnering with local business and industry leaders for shadowing and hands-on learning experiences.
For Employers and Career Centers
When you train young apprentices, you are making an investment in your company’s future – and the future workforce. There are several benefits to establishing apprenticeships in your business:
- You gain trained employees: Combining on-the-job training with students’ classroom instruction creates workers with better understanding of your business. Apprentices gain job skills while applying industry theory that they learn in school.
- Apprenticeships are good for productivity: As the students progress through an apprenticeship, they gain in-depth knowledge of business practices, industry needs and efficiency. Apprenticeship programs turn out highly trained professionals.
- Apprenticeships save money: Yes, you pay apprentices, but in the end, the cost is minimal. Apprentices are producing for you while they learn. The result? Well-trained employees who contribute to your bottom line. Also, if your business requires a license, students are ready to take the exam once they finish their apprenticeship.
- Apprenticeships are good for the future: Once you establish an apprenticeship program in your business, you ensure that you have a pool of experienced, highly trained workers who can continue with your company. That can help you meet your future workforce needs.
For More Information
Contact: Dr. Oscar Carter, DESE/Skilled Technical Services, 573-522-5804