COLUMBUS – Behlen Manufacturing and Columbus High School have partnered together to create a registered youth apprenticeship program.
The partnership was made official during a signing ceremony at Behlen on August 7. Members of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Department of Labor, Columbus High School, and Central Community College were in attendance at the event.
Also in attendance were the first two individuals who will participate in the apprenticeship program, Erik Matson and Reese Schmidt of Columbus. Both expressed gratitude towards Behlen for the opportunities that the apprenticeship will provide to grow in their careers.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, apprenticeships have dramatically impacted the lives, careers, and opportunities for millions of workers, and more that 150,000 businesses over the last 80 years. Companies that offer apprenticeship programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, and reduce turnover.