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Job shortages might be the perfect time to help out local businesses while training the next generation of workers, according to Weld County human services commissioners.

“Now more than ever, we must address the needs of our employers and continue to have a thriving local economy,” said Perry Buck, Commissioner Coordinator for the Department of Human Services. “We recognize employers face unique challenges, and it’s our goal to support employers collectively by reducing their burden to the best of our abilities.”

The Board of Commissioners named the week of November 15- 21 as National Apprenticeship Week. It’s a nationwide collaboration of business leaders, labor, education to support apprenticeship and sponsor the program. It also gives the community opportunities to learn about the business, its facilities, and apprenticeship programs.

With the pandemic, employers have been experiencing job shortages that also impact business operations. Apprenticeship is an opportunity for the employer to train a new workforce as well as the potential employee earning to learn with hands-on training, classroom instruction, receive a national credential, and a higher chance of getting hired.

“Employment Services of Weld County is committed to advancing registered apprenticeships by collaborating with businesses and educators to develop specific training instruction and on-the-job training opportunities,” said Tami Grant, Deputy Director of the Weld County Department of Human Services.

The apprenticeship program offers 12 registered career programs such as linemen, patrol office, manufacturing technicians. Over 149 people completed the apprenticeship programs last year and were hired, according to officials.

For more information about the apprenticeship program call (970) 400-6375 or email akloehn@weldgov.com to discuss how apprenticeships can benefit you. Learn more about ESWC and view upcoming events at www.eswc.org.