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Gov. Bullock highlights Montana Rail Link apprenticeships

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Governor Steve Bullock, along with Montana Rail Link President Tom Walsh and Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy highlighted a new private-public partnership between Montana Rail Link and the Montana Registered Apprenticeship program on Thursday. 

"In our case, you're actually getting your training and you're getting paid at the same time, and you're not having to pay for the training," Walsh said.

Montana Rail Link has been a long-time practitioner of apprenticeships, but has just recently began working with the Montana Registered Apprenticeship program administered by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. 

The partnership will help train more Montana workers, giving them the skills and tools they need to succeed in today's job market. The effort is a result of the governor's Main Street Montana Project, which focuses on "training tomorrows workforce today."

"I believe in apprenticeship programs because I'm a hands-on learner, so being able to have that hands-on experience plus the extra class work and other items is helpful in learning these types of jobs," said Kurt Johnson, and apprentice electrician working on diesel locomotives.

His apprenticeship is important to him because he is able to learn on the job, he added.

The training provided in the apprenticeship program adds to Montana's human capital, thus providing economic growth.

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