WHITEHALL – The Montana Department of Labor is pushing a program that is attempting to get more interns training in the healthcare industry in the state.
Interns in the apprenticeship program were getting started Wednesday at Liberty Place in Whitehall which is a service that works with people who have had traumatic brain injuries to help them live independent lives.
The apprenticeship program is important because Montana lacks people with these types of specialized skills.
“Montana needs to add about 2,000 healthcare employees a year just to keep up, so we had to find new ways to hire and train and retain healthcare employees, so that is one reason why the Department of Labor is focusing on healthcare apprenticeships,” said Madeline Boehm, a healthcare program specialist with the Labor Department.
Since the apprenticeship program began four years ago, the state has about 190 apprentices in the healthcare field.