Participants will receive paid on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The program is available for new hires and current employees.
“The good news for all employees, both current and new hires, is that they will earn a Completion of Registered Apprenticeship certificate provided by the U.S. Department of Labor once they finish the program,” says Natalie Roark, MoDOT’s state maintenance director. “These certificates are nationally recognized credentials that validate proficiency in an apprenticeship occupation.”
New employees can sign up for the apprenticeship program upon completion of a six-month probationary period, according to MoDOT.
“This new program provides an additional recruitment and retention tool for us,” said Brandon Anderson, MoDOT senior employee development specialist. “We’re pleased to be able to offer it to both potential and current employees.”
MoDOT says it is also working to partner with community colleges in the state so employees in the agency’s training can receive college credit. Veterans in the apprenticeship program who qualify for the GI Bill can also receive a monthly stipend from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in addition to their MoDOT pay, the agency says.
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