Apprenticeships could help fill vacant tech jobs for employers

Tech employers who struggle to fill vacant information technology positions could get some insight into solving their employment challenges Aug. 23 at a Tech248 meetup.

IT Apprenticeships is the focus of the gathering at Goldner Walsh Garden and Home, 559 Orchard Lake Road in Pontiac. It runs from 2-4 p.m. There is no charge to attend but advanced registration is required at

“Oakland County has more than 2,000 tech companies and Tech248 is connecting half of them,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Many of them face staffing challenges, trying to find qualified workers to fill job vacancies. This meetup provides creative ways for these companies to help fill their employment needs.”

The meetup features presentations from U.S. Department of Labor, Michigan Works! and Oakland County Workforce Development experts as well as local educators who will discuss apprenticeships and how to find talent. Copies of the county’s 2017 Apprenticeship Guide will be available. The guide contains job descriptions, job opening forecasts for particular vocations, contact information and average salaries for 60 different apprenticeship opportunities in the area ranging from auto body repair and bricklayer to various health care and technology professions.

More than 4,000 copies of the guide have been distributed to K-12 schools, community colleges and Oakland County Michigan Works! centers as well as other agencies throughout the state.

The guide can be found at the county’s website,, by clicking on the icon labeled, “Apprenticeship Directory.” Hard copies are also available by contacting Oakland County Workforce Development at 248-858-5520.

Tech248 is a networking initiative for the county’s 2,000 tech companies. It focuses on talent, connectivity and branding. Meetups are held monthly. More information is available at or by calling 248-858-0734.