The two-year Youth Apprenticeship program can’t operate without the support of the local business community. Businesses offer mentored on-the-job learning that complements the high school and post-secondary classroom instruction students receive through the program. The businesses provide a mentor; they receive access to a skilled workforce that’s interested in their industry.
“The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program supports more than just business growth. Students are given a chance to learn about different career paths, businesses and students are able to network with each other, and it provides mentorship and coaching opportunities in our community. Developing the next generation is something that should be promoted and encouraged, that is why Belmark participates in YA.” – Heather Swanson, Talent Acquisition Coordinator - Belmark
"[We benefit] by directly helping to develop the workforce. It’s an opportunity for students to understand the field and hopefully choose a path to replace workers who are going to be retiring. You get an opportunity to influence the next generation. That time spent will pay off down the road." – Rory Reinhold, EMT International
"We’re always for education. In healthcare, there is a shortage of quality workers and we do what we can for schools. We hope the benefit is a future good worker. We try to integrate students into different phases [of healthcare] and work them up to heavier care needs individuals. You’re molding them and letting them know the traits you need – whether it be healthcare or elsewhere." – Don Zunker, owner, Grancare
The Youth Apprenticeship program is always seeking businesses to participate. For more information on how to become involved, contact Sue Zittlow, vice president of workforce and leadership development at 920.593.3412.