Take an active role in training
your future workforce

How to Lead

One of the most important resourcesa businessneeds is talent. Talent drives the innovation, production and advancement that is essential to success.

There are two gaps that are limiting the necessary development and alignment of the talent needed now and for the future:

  • The skills gap—too many peoplelack the skills or credentials necessary to compete for today’sjobs.
  • The people gap—too many businesses can’t find the workers they need, when and where they need them.

By shifting focus away from procuring talent andbeginningtoinvest in supplying or training the talent, we can narrow those gaps.


It All Adds Up

Employers around Idaho are already discovering the advantages of work-based learning.Key benefits of work-based learning forbusiness and industry include:

  • Developing a more robust talent pipeline
  • Reducedtraining and recruitment costs
  • Increasedbrand awareness and company support from the local economy
  • Potentialto prescreen potential employees before offering full-time employment
  • Ability to provide direct input into the education and training provided by local schools
  • Demonstrates a commitment by the employer to engage with the community

of Idaho high school seniors engaged in WBL last year who were hired by their mentor companies upon graduation

Average number of Thank You cards employers received last month from the families whose children were engaged in WBL

Average number of qualified resumes received by HR at bsunesses who participate in WBL


New to Work-based learning?

Wondering how to take that first step?By joining Idaho LEADER Initiative you will be connected to ahost of resources and acommunity of like-minded organizations and meaningful collaborations. We’ll help guide you through the process of identifying your current and future talent needs, understandingthe steps to engagement, and creatingan actionable plan.

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Grow your efforts; broadenyour success

Businesses from all sectors are continually seeking innovative methods to identify qualified talent andsustain business growth. Increasing your work-based learning efforts can be a viable solution formeetingyour uniqueworkforce needs.

As your work-based learning objectives grow, Idaho LEADER Initiative can provide the connections and resourcesnecessary to deepen your experience and grow your workforce.

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Empowering the future of a skilled Idaho workforce

Idaho Power has been a long-standing partner of the Idaho LEADER Initiative. Their apprenticeship program is a core recruitment and training effort which often leads to journeyman careers. These are jobs for everyone. There is a common misperception that these types of jobs can only be performed by someone of brute strength. But as Bryan Brandel, Linecrew Foreman for Idaho Power states “That is just not the case. I see women on jobsites every day and they are just as capable, if not more so, than the men working out here.” In addition to his role as Foreman, Bryan participates in work-based learning by spending time in Idaho high school classrooms, speaking with students about his trade and the programs available through Idaho Power.

Idaho Power careers that may begin in the apprenticeship program include:

  • Linemen
  • Station Technician
  • Meter Technician
  • Line Operations Technician
  • Relay Technician
  • Communications Technician
  • Generation Specialist
  • Generation Technician


Idaho Power Apprenticeship Program

Bryan Brandel, Linecrew Foreman

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