Employers want to grow their business


Look out of state for talent

Connecting students to career opportunities

In a recent survey, 74% of Idaho employers said they want to expand their business. Of those surveyed employers, 59% intend to look outside the state for talent because they don’t think they can find it here. Availability of skilled workers was ranked as the most burdensome aspect of doing business in Idaho. 

The talent is here. With IBE’s apprenticeship program, we have a way to connect our classrooms to careers.

The Youth Apprenticeship Program connects people aged 16-24, to training and careers in Idaho. Building workforce-ready labor requires a collaborative effort among government, business, and education. Youth Apprenticeship provides education, work experience, and access to postsecondary education, training, and certifications. 

This program also promotes individual economic stability, business growth, and Idaho’s economy. It’s also the cornerstone in helping IBE reach our goal of having 60% of our 25- to 34-year-old workers hold a postsecondary credential.

Through a joint effort with the Idaho Workforce Development Council, Idaho Department of Labor, and Idaho Career and Technical Education, IBE is scaling up Idaho’s Youth Apprenticeship program, with a goal of placing 400 apprentices by 2024 in some of the 1,200 federal apprenticeships. 

Are you ready to expand and upskill your workforce, find local talent, and grow business? IBE Youth Apprenticeship Program is ready to help you.

By the numbers:

Program Updates

173 apprentices placed to date

50+ sponsors approved

High participation in rural areas

Download our full report to learn about the success of the program