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County Recognizes Apprenticeships

By Randy Pierce

With a mention of involvement of the high school special education program in Collinsville, the Madison County Board has recognized the significance of apprenticeships as a tool used toward providing training and gainful employment for those participating in them. 

At the most recent meeting of the board, Chairman Kurt Prenzler read a proclamation noting how these types of programs “enable employers to develop and train their future workforce while offering career seekers affordable paths to secure jobs,” also strengthening the county’s workforce and economy.

Tony Fuhrmann, director of Madison County Employment and Training, was invited to speak and stated his agency has been heavily involved in apprenticeship programs, becoming a leader in this endeavor not only regionally but in the entire state.

This subject, Fuhrmann added, “is not an unemployment issue, it’s an employee issue. There’s a shortage of employees for businesses.”

The apprentices can earn money while training, he said, with many who do this not wanting to spend two to four years in college preparing for a career, “it’s a win-win for both businesses and employees.”

There are two very special programs developing apprentices in the county, Furhmann continued, one of them consisting of a partnership between the City of Collinsville and the special education area at its high school and the other involving a non-profit group in Highland for persons with disabilities. 




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