Commentary: Path to apprenticeships now starts at high school

“With the state of our thriving local economy, low unemployment rates, and an upcoming retirement wave, one of the most significant challenges we face as a county and region is a shortage in the workforce. As a Snohomish County Council member, I hear about this need from nearly every employer I speak with, from aerospace to maritime to the construction industry. In particular, there is a need for skilled labor. Given our education system’s focus on pathways leading toward four-year universities, it should be no surprise that we now face this major workforce shortage. A four-year university education can be valuable for some, but many could benefit from greater access to pathways into the trades. While many college graduates now work minimum wage jobs and are burdened with student debt, high-paying trades jobs with competitive benefits sit empty.”

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