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Grayling Students Learn About Apprenticeship & Employer Expectations, and Carpentry Talent Tour


August 3 — Six Grayling High School students and two instructors attended two presentations and a Talent Tour on August 3, 2022.


The afternoon began at Michigan Works! NE Consortium’s Grayling office with lunch and a presentation on “How to Stand Out During a Job Interview” given by HR Manager John Metts from Springs Window Fashions. John spoke about what qualities and traits he looks for during an interview, and the importance of preparing for an interview by researching the company. He stressed showing up on time and being enthusiastic, and gave tips on making a great first impression. John concluded his presentation with an offer to help each student prepare a resume, and the opportunity for a practice job interview at his office to gain experience and confidence.


The second presentation was an overview of apprenticeships given by Business Solutions Professional Alayne Hansen that included three videos that gave students a glimpse of several apprenticeship programs that are available in a variety of fields. In addition, Alayne showed students the Career Pathfinder online career exploration tool.


The day continued with a Talent Tour to the Carpenters Training Center in Grayling. Jason Reed showed the students around the training center and introduced them to some of the tools and raw material used for training and on actual job sites. He also had students participate in a hammer challenge where students showed off their nail pounding skills.


Jason shared his story about starting out as a young apprentice right after high school and how he worked his way up to a foreman, then to superintendent. He is currently doing outreach and student engagement events to recruit young talent into the carpentry trade.


There was great conversation and questions from the students during the presentations and Talent Tour. They enjoyed spending the afternoon learning about career choices and preparation.


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