Educating the Future Generation

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Commissioner's Corner.
Photo of Utah's Commissioner on Apprenticeships Melisa Stark.Teacher Appreciation Week was May 8-12, 2023. Teachers are called many things: educators, mentors, instructors, etc. No matter what they are called, we can all agree they truly have an influence on lives both inside and outside of the classroom. Everyone can recall at least one teacher, if not more, who has profoundly impacted their life. Teachers are the rock stars of education and work tirelessly to enrich the lives of the next generation.

Great quotes that exemplify great teachers include: 

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”
- Brad Henry

“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.”
- Sidney Hook
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Registered Apprenticeship programs provide mentors who teach, support and advise apprentices on the job, directly affecting their learning and persistence toward completion. Mentorship benefits both the mentor and the apprentice. As mentors learn different approaches to support apprentices, they cultivate their own personal and professional growth. Apprentices have a safe space and support to ask questions and learn by doing, while practicing reflective learning and critical thinking skills. This ultimately ensures high-quality apprentice training and leads to retention. A great mentor is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget! The quality of mentors can make or break your program. Below are a few resources.  

Apprenticeship Mentoring Principles

Mentor Guide for Youth Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Training Employer Supervisors and Mentors

Mentorship Training Program
Call for Award Nominations
Is there an individual or an organization that you would like to recognize for the great work they do in Registered Apprenticeships? Nominate them for an Apprenticeship Utah Award! Winners will be recognized during National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-19, 2023) at the Annual Apprenticeship Utah Summit. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, July 14, 2023. 
Award Nomination Form
Apprentice Spotlight

A photo of Kylan Tanner, Cyber Apprentice, Intermountain Health"After leaving the U.S. Army, I began looking for my big break into a cyber security career. That chance came by way of the Apprenti apprenticeship program. The wealth of knowledge I have received during my year-long tenure with Intermountain Health as a Cyber Secure-Operation-Center analyst has been irreplaceable. It has given me the hands-on experience in a workplace setting needed to progress further in the cyber field. The CompTIA certifications offered in conjunction with the job experience received during this program have been a springboard to multiple job offers and a variety of positions that would not have been available to me without the Apprenti program."
- Kylan Tanner, Cyber Apprentice, Intermountain Health
Apprenticeship Sponsor Spotlight
Pilot CNC Machining Technician Youth Apprenticeship Launched
A young man working in the CNC Machining Tech youth apprenticeship
A young man working in the CNC Machining Tech youth apprenticeship
The Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA), along with industry, education and government partners, successfully piloted its CNC Machining Technician youth apprenticeship in late January 2023 with eight participants. To develop the program, UMA and industry partners came up with the skills list, then approached their education partners who developed curriculum to ensure the program was current, adaptable and scalable. They were able to overcome the liability issues for youth apprentices in machining facilities by gaining the support needed to get HB 555 sponsored and passed by the legislature. This bill provides an added layer of protection for the industry partners and provides that a public school student participating in a youth apprenticeship is considered a volunteer government worker for purposes of workers' compensation and risk management.   

UMA plans to fully launch the apprenticeship in August and will continue scaling up statewide over the next two years as a fully registered apprenticeship through the Department of Labor. For more information about the CNC Machining Technician youth apprenticeship, reach out to or with UMA. 
Additional Resources
  • HB 555 - Provides that a public school student participating in a youth apprenticeship is considered a volunteer government worker for purposes of workers' compensation and risk management
  • Fact Sheet #43 - Child Labor Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for Nonagricultural Occupations
New Registered Programs (Feb. 1 - Apr. 30, 2023) Sponsor & Occupation. Massage Therapist: Therapeutic Massage @ Body Work, LLC, Mountain Massage Apprenticeship and Red Orchid Day Spa. HVAC: Whipple Service Champions Plumbers and Max Comfort Air Systems Corporation. Youth Program CNC Machining Technician: Utah Manufacturers Association. Construction Craft Laborer: People Ready. Plumber: Koch Mechanical, Inc.