Apprenticeship News 1/15/2024
Gesher Human Services, one of the largest human service agencies in metro Detroit, will begin offering paid, on-the-job training for local residents who would like to start a human service career in working with people with disabilities. Gesher was previously called JVS Human Services before it merged with another nonprofit organization called Kadima in 2022.
The Gesher Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship program will provide unemployed and underemployed individuals with on-the-job training and 155 hours related technical instruction to earn a nationally recognized Journeyperson Direct Support Specialist Credential…
NEW PORT RICHEY — Part of the mission of Pasco-Hernando State College is to partner with local industries to learn their staffing needs and train local people to step into those jobs. Two of those needs, thanks at least partially to the building boom in the area, are for people who can maintain apartment complexes, and people who can build them and other commercial and residential buildings.
To help meet the demand for those workers, PHSC offers yearlong apprenticeship programs where students combine coursework and on-the-job training under journeymen to learn their skills before transitioning to being full-time apprentices. These programs recently got a boost when the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant program awarded PHSC $227,943.
The Valley is amidst a building boom as the region benefits from the push to onshore semiconductor and electric vehicle manufacturing. A Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation Construction Workforce Report finds that the construction industry employed 193,500 people in Arizona in 2022 — up 7.9% from the year prior — and constitutes 5.2% of the state’s GDP. The industry also had an average growth rate of 5.3% year-over-year over the past decade, compared to the nationwide construction industry which has grown by an average rate of 3% per year, which has created a need for apprenticeship training.
As more out-of-state developers see the value of Arizona’s location and pro-business environment, more groundbreakings and ribbon-cuttings will happen within the state. The report warns, however, that “the state’s construction workforce supply is struggling to keep up with current demand. The increase in construction due to the robust migration of residents and businesses to the state has caused a shortage of workers, delaying construction projects.”…