Businesses can learn benefits of apprenticeships

Companies inteApprenticeship on Demandrested in the prospect of hiring an apprentice this fall are invited to an information session and breakfast to learn more about Harper College’s new Apprenticeship on Demand initiative.

The free event will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Wojcik Conference Center on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Apprenticeship is a proven workforce solution for companies to build a custom-trained, highly skilled workforce. Harper’s programs, all of which meet nationally recognized standards, are ideal for small-to-midsized companies that might not be able to maintain their own training program.

“Apprenticeships are the perfect ‘earn, produce and learn’ model, and it’s set up to benefit both the student and the business,” said Dr. Rebecca Lake, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development. “We tailor each program to meet the company’s specific training and talent development needs.”

Last year, the White House awarded Harper a $2.5 million federal grant to support Apprenticeships on Demand to integrate technical instruction and on-the-job learning to train workers in high-growth and high-demand fields including insurance, IT and manufacturing. Lake said the College is looking to work with more businesses from a variety of industries to develop additional apprenticeships.

For students, Apprenticeship on Demand provides a direct pathway to existing, in-demand, skilled jobs and gives them valuable real-world experience while they study toward a degree or certificate. For companies, apprenticeships can lead to employee loyalty and reduced turnover, higher productivity, reduced recruitment costs, an effective screening process and improved corporate image.

To register for the info session breakfast or for more information, call 847.925.6630.

Media contact:  Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159.

Last Updated: 11/3/21