The benefits of an apprenticeship

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan Works! workforce services manager Tom Puskarich discusses what benefits employers and job-seekers gain in an apprenticeship.

Puskarich says an apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training with a mentor currently working in the field and classroom learning. He says there are many benefits to both employers and job seekers.

Puskarich says job seekers can have a paycheck from day one in an apprenticeship. Plus, they can be paid during training, learn new skills, get a raise for higher skill levels, or even get a promotion.

For employers, apprenticeships provide highly skilled employees, reduced turnover costs, lower investment in recruitment, higher productivity, and a more diverse workforce.

Puskarich says the U.S. Department of Labor reports workers who go through an apprenticeship program earn an average of $300,000 more over the span of their career compared to colleagues who don't have an apprenticeship. Also, 91 percent of apprentices retain employment after the apprenticeship is over.

For more information about finding an apprenticeship or filling one, click here.