Local leaders discuss youth apprenticeships to tackle the state's talent shortages

Published: Apr. 4, 2019 at 4:05 PM EDT
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State Senator Ed Mcbroom, State Representative Sarah Cambensy, and other community U.P. leaders are tackling the state's talent shortage head on, especially in manufacturing.

On Thursday, the Sen. McBroom and Marquette-Alger RESA led a round table discussion to hear businesses concerns and how he can help expand Career and Technical Education programs.

Conversation around the possibility of youth apprenticeships in Michigan was at the forefront of Thursday's roundtable.

To hear examples of how these apprenticeships work and are beneficial, local leaders heard from a current Colorado-based apprenticeship program called Career Wise.

"It was a really great look to see what other states are doing that are innovative especially in the apprenticeship world," said Senator McBroom. "I thought that was really exciting and I am really looking forward to learning more about it because they gave us some good info to start with it. We definitely need some answers on why this isn't as robust in Michigan."

Local leaders also used Thursday to collaborate with manufacturers to prepare and improve their talent agreement for round two of the state's Marshall Plan for Talent.