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Gov. Bullock visits Missoula to tout importance of apprenticeships

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Gov. Bullock visited the site of the new Missoula College. (MTN News photo) Gov. Bullock visited the site of the new Missoula College. (MTN News photo)
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Governor Steve Bullock used a Wednesday visit to the new Missoula College today to point to the importance of the construction trades to Montana's economy..

The governor also notes apprenticeships have been on a steady rise since 2000. According to a recent report, almost 80% of apprenticeship grads are working for a Montana employer.

Companies like Jackson Construction have been using an apprenticeship program for over 10 years, and see the benefits daily.

"There's actually an underemployment. There's a negative unemployment rate. Plenty of jobs there's just not a lot of skilled labor folks to actually fill those jobs," said Jackson Construction President Doug Jackson. "We're trying to do it internally in our organization, with the help of the state, and by doing it organically we create a culture and hopefully a lifetime employee."

"And what it allows is people that can actually make a decent living while they're gaining the skills that not only they need to succeed in the work force, but also the employers are expecting out of them," Gov. Bullock said.

The report also states that the average apprentice in Montana makes about $53,000 a year.

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