Labor experts say that so-called “middle skill” jobs have been tough to fill in Michigan and demand for such workers will keep growing.

JC Reindl| Detroit Free Press

University graduate Brian Huber signed up for an apprenticeship program that doesn’t require a four-year degree but offers a guaranteed IT job that’s part of an employment market set to grow for years to come.

The Royal Oak resident already has a bachelor’s degree in English from Northern Michigan University, but the 33-year-old wants specific skills in greater demand.

After years of working in education, he interviewed and was accepted to the Michigan Advanced Technician Training program. The program matches applicants with community colleges and companies willing to pay tuition, wages and offer on-the-job training.

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