A new apprenticeship program gives teens a career boost, as they are learning skills they will need in the workforce.
In Tacoma,15 high school students will work for local manufacturers, getting paid to work and learn. Tacoma apprentices will receive high school and college credits toward certification in a field while they are paid for their work.
In addition to Tacoma, Yakima is joining the apprenticeship program, as well as a company from Snohomish County.
According to Jim Tschimperle, owner of Pacific Machine and member of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS), the program is attempting to have young people enter the manufacturing business early. Many older workers are retiring, and there is a critical need to increase the number of qualified people in the work force.
“The program will train students and help manufacturers fill the gap,” he said.