Apprenticeships Expand Career Opportunities, Skilled Worker Pipeline

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Maricopa County, Ariz., AZ

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About the Program

Category: Community and Economic Development (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

Maricopa County has launched a program aimed at creating a sustainable pipeline of apprentices to support the growing industries in the region. The program, administered through the Human Services Department (HSD), includes investments and partnerships with educational agencies, training providers, and employers to create a pipeline that can expedite the workforce to meet industry needs. The primary goal of the program is to expand the apprenticeship program, which has been achieved through additional funding and a dedicated team. The apprenticeship program has been designed to offer practical training and hands-on experience to apprentices in various industries, including healthcare, technology, construction, and more. The program provides apprentices with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen field, while also meeting the needs of employers. The outcomes of the program are expected to be an increase in the number of skilled workers in the region, a reduction in the skills gap, and improved economic growth for Maricopa County.