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In this episode, we talk with Wanda Bigelow, Apprenticeship Success Coordinator on highlighting the benefits of the Apprenticeship readiness program. Apprenticeship readiness is designed to prepare young people and transitioning adults to enter and succeed in the workforce gaining hands-on experience. This program is a gateway to good middle-class jobs in the US construction industry.

Using different training centers, all students get introduced to the trade positions offered by local unions. When in training, they are given all of the skills they need; including life skills modules like personal values, financial literacy and money management. At the end of the training they are interviewed and although there is no guarantee of a job students have learned how to apply the curriculum in their day-to-day lives. There is no better teacher than being able to learn these skills first hand!

About Wanda Bigelow:

Wanda is a Business Solutions Professional/Apprenticeship Success Coordinator for GST Michigan Works! who works with employers and listens to their specific needs and is knowledgeable and able to educate employers of Michigan Works! programs that can help their business grow.
She also provides a linkage between industry standards, training providers, employers and apprentices while ensuring high-quality training, promoting apprenticeships and certification opportunities to diverse audiences and coordinate with various training providers and other community partners involved in skilled trades regarding delivery of information and problem resolution. Wanda also works with employers who are interested in creating Registered Apprenticeships with the Department of Labor.

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