Apprenticeship classes can lead to careers

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Most of the time when the word “career” is mentioned, the word “college” is close by.

Bill Gable is offering another word: “Apprenticeship.”

“My role is to go out and promote apprenticeships,” said Gable, an Education and Employment Navigator with Workforce Snohomish. “I talk to people, analyze their situation and help the person qualify. I connect them with partners and help them address barriers like tools or application fees or union dues.

“Our flyer asks if you are interested in a career instead of job.”

For the past month, Gable has been presenting information about apprenticeships and career opportunities at Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries. There are two free scheduled events remaining, including:

  • Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Darrington Library
  • Dec. 14, 6-7 p.m., at the Lynnwood Library

Gable says there are hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities out there. Part of his job is to match interests, skills and abilities of applicants with industries and openings. Gable said he likes to present everything to everyone and let them choose their path.

“The grant I’m working on now for advanced manufacturing and maritime careers has 13 sponsors, but there are apprenticeships for just about anything you’d like to do,” he said. “My presentation at these workshops is to give a general overview on how to get into an apprenticeship, what that means, what are the requirements and things like required documents, the application process, the selection process and timeline.

“It helps you find out if an apprenticeship program is right for you.”

Workforce Snohomish represents a broad cross section of local community members interested in workforce development issues. Workforce Snohomish oversees the implementation, local planning and management of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in Snohomish County.

Sno-Isle Libraries hosts classes and programs such as those provided by Workforce Snohomish as part of its strategic focus to build economically sound communities through workforce readiness.