Throughout my campaign, I’ve repeatedly said we need to do better educating our young people, and those in need of retraining, for the economy of the future.
A recent gathering of industry advocates, employers and workers touted the benefits of “earn while you learn” programs; basically, these are apprenticeship programs designed to develop the next generation of skilled employees.
It’s estimated that Minnesota will face a shortage of 400,000 workers by 2024. Through a combination of federal and state funds, programs are being implemented that will help employers find the talent to fill those jobs. Most of the new jobs will require education beyond high school, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be in a traditional college setting.
Here’s a link to learn more about this apprenticeship program.