The Montana Department of Labor & Industry proposed new rules this week addressing the apprenticeship-to-journeyman ratio. The rule change would revise the ratio to allow one journeyman to supervise two apprentices, drastically increasing an employer’s ability to offer apprenticeships. Current rules generally require employers to dedicate two skilled journeymen to the supervision of a single apprentice.
“This change is poised to enhance Montana’s talent pipeline, especially at a time when employers across industries are struggling to find skilled workers,” said Bridger Mahlum, government relations director at the Montana Chamber. “We applaud the Gianforte Administration and the Department of Labor & Industry for growing apprenticeship programs while maintaining safety standards.”
A registered apprenticeship is a paid, employer-designed, on-the-job training program that teaches specific job skills unique to the employer’s profession. Statewide, over 2,600 apprentices have been active in 85 different occupations this year.
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