Why Registered Apprenticeship Programs Are the Key to Boosting Employment

As COVID-19 cases decrease, and businesses across the country re-open, it’s important to know how to encourage, guide, and retain new employees. This is especially relevant considering that federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits end this month for many Mississippians. 

People that are currently unemployed may be looking for new career paths once these benefits end, and it’s important for employers to know how to capture their interests.

We spoke to Laura Ring*, Deputy Executive Director of External Relations for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), for her insight on the benefits of registered apprenticeship programs, and how they can help fight unemployment and ultimately support people in their careers and lives. 

One of the most effective ways employers can capture their employees’ interest and loyalty is by offering registered apprenticeship programs. These registered apprenticeship programs, which are training models validated by the U.S. Department of Labor, are shared directly with industries and businesses alike through the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program (MAP). 

“An apprenticeship gives you real on-the-job training in a particular field and is a great way to jump-start the path to a lifelong career,” Ring says.

Employees, especially those who are just transitioning back into employment, may also gain additional benefits from registered apprenticeship programs. Employees can get a headstart on their careers, and may benefit from career advancement and wage increases as they hone their skills and build confidence in their profession.  

“An apprenticeship gives you real on-the-job training in a particular field and is a great way to jump-start the path to a lifelong career,” Ring says. “Careers you have invested in, can last until retirement. And they get you one step closer to discovering that special something you’ve never imagined.”

Ring had this to say to businesses looking to utilize apprenticeship programs: 

“After reading about MAP, I hope you will share this opportunity to change a life and invest in a career for your business and employees. And help spread the word. Let your partners know that an investment in this program is an investment in the future. The future of their employees and the future of their company.

I invite you to let MAP develop a customized program that will assist you in training new and current employees. MDES can help you MAP out a plan that is just right for you when it comes to the workforce. Step out of your comfort zone and experience the partnership MAP has for you!”

*Laura Ring is deputy executive director of External Relations for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) and serves as the Top Executive Officer of the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program. Laura has 15 plus years of service with the agency. She has served in various roles in the Offices of Comptroller, Job Connections, and Grant Management. She holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.