Wells Fargo donation supports Midlands Youth Apprenticeship program


The Midlands Youth Apprenticeship is intended to aid in producing a talent pipeline for area businesses.   File photo

The Columbia Chamber and Midlands Technical College have recently launched the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship with a $50,000 donation from Wells Fargo.

“Independent studies show that from 2014 to 2024, the Midlands health care and social assistance industry should see an increase of 8,510 jobs or a 20 percent increase in demand,” Holt Chetwood, Midlands Market president for Wells Fargo, said. “Wells Fargo is proud to invest in a program that looks at ways to equip a high school student with the skills and experience needed to establish a profitable career right after high school. The ability to make smart choices so early in a young person’s career will invariably create a sound foundation on which to build on their future."

The Midlands Youth Apprenticeship is intended to aid in producing a talent pipeline for area businesses while making a feasible workplace path for students after high school.

“Partners of the Chamber tell us that trade-based businesses are struggling to fill jobs with skilled workers,” Columbia Chamber President and CEO Carl Blackstone said. “Developing a program with the right partners will address this skills gap and provide an attractive option for high school students. Wells Fargo realizes the opportunity their donation makes in enabling those students to make smart choices while increasing the talent pipeline for area businesses."

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