At the September 18th workforce luncheon hosted by MPB’s American Graduate program, Mr. Matthew Riley, a program specialist for the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program (MAP), described how an apprenticeship training model could have a positive impact on the state and local workforce.
MAP works with industry to guide participants through the apprenticeship process. There are currently more than 1,000 apprenticeship opportunities in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, information technology, hospitality, and transportation.
Apprenticeship training models provide employers multiple benefits, including reducing turnover rates, increasing productivity and lowering the cost of recruitment. Other benefits are customized training resulting in highly-skilled employees; increased knowledge through on-the-job learning from an experienced mentor; safer workplaces due to program emphasis on safety training; a stable and reliable pipeline of qualified workers; and a systematic approach to training that ensures employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest skill levels.
Apprenticeship training models provide employees multiple benefits including improved skills and competencies that meet the specific needs of the employer; incremental wage increases as apprentices meet benchmarks for learning skills; on-the-job training and occupation-focused educational courses; career advancement opportunities; industry issued, nationally recognized credentials; and opportunities to earn college credit and degrees.