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Apprenticeships Offer Route to High-Paying, In-Demand Careers

Apprenticeships are a valuable asset to many Utah industries and will play an increasingly important role as the state strives to meet its growing workforce needs.

Justin Procarione of South Jordan is in the final year of his electrician apprenticeship program. He had this to say about his experience:

Apprenticeships in my eyes are a very valuable asset to anyone who wants to make great money without going to a four-year university and spending $40,000.  Overall in the apprenticeship I will have spent $5,000 on school and books [this includes DWS assistance], and when I finish I will make roughly $75,000. The fields that have apprenticeships such as electricians, welders and pipe fitters are a dying breed that is in high demand. People don't realize you can spend little, and make a lot with job security. More...

Success Story: Food Stamp & Cash Assistance Card Conversion

Two years ago, Workforce Services began working on a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking a new contract for Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) services due to the expiration of its contract with JPMorgan Chase. JPMorgan Chase had announced that it would no longer provide EBT services, forcing Utah down a fast track conversion.

Conversion often takes two years once a contract is signed, but the loss of the contracted vendor required Utah to convert in less than one. A new contract was signed in December 2015, with Xerox, conversion planning beginning in January 2016. More...

Utah's Unemployment Insurance Program a Nationally-Recognized Example of State Innovation

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released their April-June 2016 quarterly report on the status of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program.

Congress designed the program as a federal-state partnership. The federal government provides over-arching support to help ensure conformity and compliance within the framework of federal law. Because of Utah employer’s compliance with federal law, they experience a 90 percent credit towards their federal unemployment tax — the difference between paying $420 per employee to $42 per employee each year.

States are provided with the latitude to adopt their own laws towards accomplishing the goals of the program, tailored towards their unique economic and geographic landscapes. This ensures that the voice of local employers — who fundamentally support the UI program structure — is heard. This also provides states with the agility to address changes in the dynamics of local labor markets. More...