At an event Wednesday called the Governor’s Summit on the Future of Work, Idaho Governor Little announced the creation of the Youth Apprenticeship Program funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. It pairs young people, mainly juniors and seniors in high school but also workers up to 24 years old, with businesses to give them workforce experience. The program is part of a statewide effort to have 60% of 25- to 34-year-old workers obtain a postsecondary credential of some kind.
The event was arranged by the Idaho Workforce Development Council, an independent office under the governor, and Idaho Businesses for Education, a group of about 200 businesses that counts improving education and creating an educated, highly skilled workforce among its goals.
Little additionally stated during the speech that the way Idaho’s residents live and work is being changed forever by the coronavirus pandemic, saying it’s important for employers and workers to be flexible and innovative, and to “respond to challenges thoughtfully as they arise.” Governor Little will host a press conference this Friday afternoon discussing the Idaho state budget. (AP)