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Apprentice programs can prove quite useful

Among the more useful financial infusions to the Buckeye State amid this pandemic is the $9.4 million Building State Capacity to Expand Apprenticeship through Innovation grant to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

“Apprenticeships are an excellent way to begin building a successful and sustainable career, and this grant will allow us to make that option accessible to even more Ohioans,” said Kimberly Hall, ODJFS director. “Apprentices earn while they learn, avoid student loan debt and, when they complete their programs, their starting salaries can be as much as $60,000.”

In this uncertain economy, and bizarre end to a high school career for our seniors, it makes sense that some would be skittish about incurring student loan debt or putting financial pressure on their families. The support of more apprenticeships through ApprenticeOhio provides important options for them.

There are 600 registered apprenticeship programs in ApprenticeOhio — from agricultural equipment operators and animal trainers to welders and wind turbine service technicians. Employers get to train workers in the skills they need to fill jobs that exist. Apprentices get on-the-job experience and classroom instruction focused on helping them get the job done.

Kudos to those who caught the attention of federal officials looking for an effective use of their funding. Surely Ohio apprentices will soon be putting that money, and themselves, to work.

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