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New Apprentices Sign On For Next Year

Group of new student apprentices

After a rigorous application and interview process, sixteen Salt Lake City School District (the district) high schoolers have officially signed on as part of the district’s newest cohort of apprentices. Students learned at Signing Day ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2024, the company to which they will be assigned for the next three years. The students currently attend East High School, West High School, Highland High School, Innovations Early College High School, and the Salt Lake Center for Science Education. All students will be high seniors in the 2024-25 school year. After the students complete their first year of the apprenticeship during their senior year of high school, they’ll attend Salt Lake Community College, with full tuition paid for by their employer while also continuing the apprenticeship for two more years. 

The Salt Lake City School District is leading the way in providing youth apprenticeships in collaboration with Talent Ready Utah, the Salt Lake Education Foundation, Salt Lake Community College, and companies including Stadler Rail, Doppelmayr, Mondi Bags USA, and Utah Paper Box to provide innovative apprenticeship opportunities to students. Stadler, Doppelmayr, and Mondi are global corporations, while Utah Paper Box is a fifth-generation local Utah company. Talent Ready Apprenticeship Connection (TRAC) youth apprenticeships provide meaningful work experience for students engaged in learning the skills they need for a successful career. Students split their time between the classroom and workplace, applying knowledge through a hands-on learning routine. As part-time employees, students earn a wage while pursuing their education toward a high-paying career. 

While the Stadler Rail apprenticeship program was launched in the fall of 2019, this will mark the start of the second cohort of apprentices for Utah Paper Box and the first cohort assigned to Doppelmayr and Mondi Bags USA.