Campaign launches to connect young people with apprenticeships


GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A program in the state of Michigan called "Experience Sooner" is working to connect young people with apprenticeship opportunities.

The program launched in Traverse City Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn Resort West Bay Beach.

Eight employers from the Grand Traverse area will be at the "Apprenticeship In a Day" event Thursday at the Holiday Inn Resort West Bay Beach.

Up to 16 new apprenticeship opportunities will be created in the Grand Traverse area this summer.

Apprenticeships usually pay and can keep students out of debt.

"Apprenticeships are usually also very personally rewarding because you're not just learning something sitting in classroom. You're doing something productive. It's usually a very active project based type learning", says Janene Erne of the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation.

The length of an apprenticeship is usually between two and six years.

By the year 2024, Michigan is expected to have 800,000 career openings in fields like information technology, health care, and manufacturing.

Apprenticeships will help to fill those positions.

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