Apprenticeships offer a straightforward pathway to employment. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the rate of employment for those who complete apprenticeship programs is 87 percent, with an average starting wage of more than $50,000.
With a $300,000 grant from USA Funds®, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry will establish a pilot project to assist Montana tribal colleges in developing apprenticeship programs with area employers. As a result, the project will:
- Strength partnerships between the state and tribal colleges.
- Develop a model for apprenticeship programs on reservations.
- Engage employers in the development of education and training programs to meet their workforce demands.
Longer-term, the project will:
- Support increased rates of college completion by tribal college students.
- Support transitions of students into good-paying jobs.
- Expand use of apprenticeships integrated with academic programs at tribal colleges.
USA Funds supports this program as part of a partnership with the state of Montana. In addition, this initiative is consistent with USA Funds’ focus on Completion With a Purpose℠ to streamline the transition from education to employment.