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Labor shortage sparks interest in apprenticeships, alternate education

Labor continues to be an ongoing issue for companies, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of labor shortages, businesses have been getting creative in order to attract and retain employees.

According to industry experts, many job seekers are looking for more than just a paycheck, but instead a career that will offer security and specialized skills.

For that reason, apprenticeships, on-the-job training and alternative education options have soared in popularity among employees and employers.

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“We were having a hard time and employers were having a hard time finding qualified people even before the pandemic and the pandemic just made an already existing problem way, way worse,” said Holly Peoples, Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!’s director of business services.

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