Idaho business leaders don’t want to have to look out of state for suitable candidates for employment.

But can we blame those businesses if they find better-qualified candidates by going outside of the state lines?

Apprenticeships are one way to make sure Idaho’s students are preparing for a career after school. The Idaho Department of Labor was granted $1.4 million this past fall to expand registered apprenticeships throughout the state in health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and energy.

This will allow Idaho businesses to create 100 new apprenticeship positions over 18 months.

Meanwhile, Micron oversees several programs that can help students start planning for a career in technology: Girls in Tech, Job Shadow, Chip Camp – and more.

What else can Idaho’s schools and businesses do to help prepare students for a career – in Idaho?

References Cited:

Idaho Department of Labor: Idaho Receives $1.4 Million FederalGrant to Increase Registered Apprenticeships

Micron: Engineering the Future for K-12 Students