Teaching the Trades

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Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Gov. Jim Doyle (D) plans to double the budget for Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program to $2.2 million a year, which would double the number of high school students training for jobs in schools, factories, machine shops and nursing homes to about 4,000 per year. Participating businesses, some of which have been in the program for a decade or more, see their commitment to the program as a sound investment for both the short term and the long term. But the program still has to overcome hurdles: According to the Journal-Sentinel, one apprenticeship program had to scrap an informational meeting with employers in May due to “lack of interest” by businesses. Efforts to interest youths and their parents have produced mixed results, especially for manufacturing jobs. Aug. 3, http://www.jsonline.com.