As businesses continue to experience skill gaps with new employees, apprenticeship training options are well poised to help develop the necessary skills and abilities of our communities’ emerging workforces to help meet the growing needs of our region’s employers.
The WIB’s annual Apprenticeship Forum is a great resource for business leaders, HR managers, economic & workforce developers, and educators to learn more about the apprenticeship training model and how to leverage related, short-term options to meet more immediate workforce needs.
Our featured presentation this year is from the City of Edmond, Oklahoma and the Center for Municipal Excellence – they will be sharing details on the development of their field services professional training program for public works employees, the first of its kind in the nation. The program has helped them save hundreds of thousands of dollars by utilizing in-house talent to accomplish what would have previously required the hiring of numerous contractors.
Learn more about the apprenticeship training model from them, as well as Suzanne Richards, the state of Missouri’s apprenticeship development specialist, and Dr. Oscar Carter, the director of Skilled Technical Services at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.
For registration questions, please call (417) 206-1717 extension 2107. For more information on the event itself, contact Frank Neely at (417) 380-9626. Download the flyer HERE.