Student interns and apprentices gain invaluable training and often
become productive long-term employees for the company that
invests in them through internships and other learning opportunities.
Internships provide a direct link for students to job opportunities in our community. Even if the internship does not turn into a full-time position, it widens the student’s network which makes it easier for them to become connected to other job openings. However, the benefits for employers are more than just participating in training and talent retention.
A survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that after five years, 62.4% of hires coming from an employer’s internship program were still with the company, compared to just 48.1% of hires who did not participate in the company’s internship program.
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry describes registered apprenticeship as a type of work-based learning in which a worker participates in both classroom time and on-the-job training, leading to a nationally recognized credential. Union and non-union employers can sponsor apprenticeship training.
Apprenticeships are typically two to four years and employers hope for a positive return from the apprentice in terms of workforce training and retention. Apprentices have the opportunity to earn wages while earning their certification, they also typically earn more than the average college student working around class schedules. Apprentices usually see a high return on their investment, and so do the business who participate in them.
Career & Technical Education
Local school districts provide exceptional CTE programs to
help students identify workforce opportunities and establish
clear high-school-to-college-to-career pathways.
In addition to the great partnership opportunities our school districts offer Billings’ businesses, Montana is also home to other thriving non-profit organizations dedicated to career and lifeskill development for our youth. Learn more about the amazing work they are doing and how you can be a part of it.