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Matthew Riley, M.A.P. Program Specialist, addresses luncheon attendees
Photo by: Antonio Mack

Matthew Riley, a program specialist for the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program (MAP), described how an apprenticeship training model can have a positive impact on the local and state workforce. He spoke to a group at the Sept. 18 Workforce Wednesday Luncheon hosted by MPB’s American Graduate program.

“The MAP team is here to provide support for companies in establishing an apprenticeship training program which helps build their workforce,” said Riley.

MAP works with industry to guide participants through the apprenticeship process. There are currently more than 1,000 apprenticeship opportunities in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, information technology, hospitality, and transportation.

Apprenticeship training models provide employers multiple benefits including reducing turnover rates, increasing productivity and lowering the cost of recruitment.
Other benefits are:

  • Customized training resulting in highly-skilled employees
  • Increased knowledge through on-the-job learning from an experienced mentor
  • Safer workplaces due to program emphasis on safety training
  • A stable and reliable pipeline of qualified workers
  • A systematic approach to training that ensures employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest skill levels

Apprenticeship training models provide employees multiple benefits including:

  • Improved skills and competencies that meet the specific needs of the employer
  • Incremental wage increases as apprentices meet benchmarks for learning skills
  • On-the-job training and occupation-focused educational courses
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Industry issued, nationally recognized credentials
  • Opportunities to earn college credit and degrees

“November 11-17 is National Apprenticeship Week,” said Riley.“Leading up to this, we will be posting on social media about activities to celebrate the week. I encourage everyone to give us a follow on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.” Find the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program—

Additional information on the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program can be found at, or by contacting either 601-432-6518 or