Governor Highlights Apprenticeship Programs to Address Labor Shortages | Regional government

Nebraska employers are getting creative – and sometimes more generous – as they attempt to fill vacancies during the state’s severe labor shortage. Nebraska has tens of thousands of job openings at a time when Nebraska’s unemployment rate is 2.2%, its lowest since the state began collecting unemployment data in 1976.

Governor Pete Ricketts shone the spotlight Monday on apprenticeship programs at Nebraska high schools and community colleges that are designed to fill positions in the state’s workforce and that can encourage young people to stay in the state.

“We must continue to develop talent” to fill vacancies and provide opportunities for young Nebraskans, the governor said at a press conference where he proclaimed November as “Apprenticeship Month” in the city. ‘State.

There are 3,700 apprentices enrolled in the state apprenticeship program today.

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“We need to develop our own workforce,” said Daniel Phillips, innovation director for college and career readiness at Grand Island Public Schools.

The Grand Island school model focuses on “high-skilled, well-paying jobs,” he said.

Matt Gotschall, president of Central Community College Grand Island, said apprenticeships are available in welding, electrical work and business accounting at his facility.

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Participants at the press conference agreed that it is now a challenge in Nebraska for companies to find workers to fill available jobs, but they suggested the state provides a quality of life that new workers should find. attractive.

Apprenticeship programs are primarily industry driven, and community colleges currently serve criminal justice and health care needs.

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