In August 2019, Melisa Stark was appointed as Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs housed within the Department of Workforce Services after the Utah legislature created the position earlier that year.
“As Utah’s first Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs, I have spent the past two years talking with apprentices and sponsors, learning more about apprenticeship activity in the state and better understanding perceptions, needs, challenges and opportunities. Utah has many innovative partnerships and apprenticeship activities that are well positioned to grow and help meet the demand for apprenticeships in our state. As I continue to make my way around the state, I look forward to working with you to innovate, enhance and expand high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.” - Melisa Stark, Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs
The Apprenticeship Utah Network has been established to:
1) Expand and promote apprenticeship opportunities across Utah by connecting companies to learn best practices from their peers that have already established similar programs
2) Connect future apprentices to apprenticeship opportunities
3) Educate parents, counselors and other educators on what apprenticeships are and the value for students
The network comprises businesses, industry associations, labor-management organizations, related technical instruction providers and government agencies. The network benefits employers across many sectors in developing and maintaining apprenticeship programs in construction, IT, manufacturing, healthcare and other industries across the state. We host networking events to provide support for and grow apprenticeship opportunities in Utah.
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Utah's Apprenticeship Network benefits employers across many sectors in developing and maintaining apprenticeship programs in construction, IT, manufacturing, healthcare and other industries across the state.
Melisa Stark, Utah Commissioner of Apprenticeships, leads the discussion with panelists from Utah Electrical Training Alliance, J & M Steel and the University of Utah College of Social Work. Each panelist shares background information about their apprenticeship programs and the benefits they see to their businesses and employees through using a registered apprenticeship program.
Melisa Stark, Utah Commissioner of Apprenticeships, leads the discussion with panelists from Utah Transit Authority, Associated General Contractors, Rural Water Association and Ogden-Weber Technical College. Each panelist shares information about how apprenticeships work within their organizations to promote economic recovery, equity and growth.
Have you thought about starting an apprenticeship program but don't know where to begin? The Apprenticeship Utah Network hosted a business-to-business webinar with employers currently participating in apprenticeship programs. Learn how apprenticeships can help you grow and sustain an innovative and skilled workforce while increasing engagement and retention.