Post-harvest drive underway for the Collaborative
Research & Education to drive Michigan apprenticeship opportunities
We’ve seen it all before: students who graduate from programs with high marks, but who may lack marketable skills and certifications to enter directly into the workforce. It is quite clear that collaboration between education and work is necessary to solve this problem.
Thus, in the context the wine industry, Tom Petzold of Ten Hands Vineyards and Tom Smith of MSU are spearheading Michigan’s apprenticeship program. These paid, comprehensive training contracts are work-focused but augmented by course work, instead of vice-versa, to enforce hands-on experience before apprentices enter or re-enter the formal workforce.
This project is not only beneficial to future employees, but to future employers. Less time and/or effort may be put into training due to previous experience, and institutions are granted cash to offset salary costs. Look for more information coming soon at the Michigan Wine Collaborative’s website.
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