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State puts emphasis on apprenticeship program

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Workforce Development is touting its apprenticeship program which helps train 10,000 workers at more than 2,000 companies a year.

The Wausau Daily Herald reports Thursday that department secretary Reggie Newson was promoting the program at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau.

Newson said it is important to raise awareness of the program because the number of businesses and workers participating in it has been declining, even as the need for skilled workers has increased.

Apprenticeship is an employer-sponsored, work-based training program in which a student works under the direction of a qualified journeyman. The student combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction, typically provided by the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Information from: Wausau Daily Herald, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com

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