Department of Workforce Services to Host Utah’s First Apprenticeship Summit and Job Fair

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Workforce Services is set to host its first Apprenticeship Summit and Career Fair next week in honor of National Apprenticeship Week.

Apprenticeship Utah Summit and Job Fair

The Learning Summit takes place on November 15, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone wishing to attend must register online for the summit by the end of the day on Thursday.

A corresponding job fair takes place from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the same day. The job fair is open to everyone and does not require registration.

Both events take place at the Weber State Davis campus in Layton, Utah.

Why do an apprenticeship?

Utah Apprenticeship Programs Commissioner Melisa Stark said in these times of labor shortages, there are 3 jobs open for every person in Utah, with an unemployment rate by about 2%.

Stark said now is a great time for apprentices to train on a skill that allows for flexibility in job choices, instead of locking in a specific opening.

“If you went the college route, maybe you just graduated and you can’t find the right job because you don’t have the work experience or you’ve worked in the field for a long time but that you don’t have the degree to back up the experience you have, so a registered apprenticeship program gives you both the experience and the skills,” Stark said.

Companies also benefit from apprenticeships, Stark said, holding an average retention rate of 93% for employees who complete an apprenticeship program. Stark said companies also incur lower recruitment costs and see higher productivity and increased workplace safety.

She said employers are more likely to retain an employee who has completed apprenticeship training and is more easily able to adapt to another assignment.

“So when we come out of a recession and more work is available, they already have the updated workforce and skills to be able to pull out faster,” Stark said.

Stark said apprenticeships are popular across many business platforms in all job markets, including high-demand construction jobs, the growing healthcare industry and cybersecurity.

Stark also said that unlike the traditional career path, age is rarely a factor. In Utah, apprentices earn up to $60,000 a year upon completion of their apprenticeship.

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