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Apprenticeship: A Proven Solution For Employers

As a business leader, you are driven to help move your company forward. To do that, you actively seek bold, new ideas and solutions to everyday challenges like talent recruitment, training, and retention. Apprenticeship programs are a proven solution to creating and retaining a pipeline of diverse, specialized talent that allows businesses like yours to succeed today.

National Apprenticeship Week Toolkit

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

Apprenticeship is an “earn and learn” model that provides workers with income while they learn on the job.

  • Industry Led – Programs are industry-vetted and approved to ensure alignment with industry standards and that apprentices are trained for highly-skilled, high-demand occupations.
  • Paid Job – Registered Apprenticeships are jobs! Apprentices earn progressive wage increases as their skills and productivity increase.
  • Structured On-the-Job Learning/Mentorship – Programs provide structured on-the-job training to prepare for a successful career, which includes instruction from an experienced mentor.
  • Supplemental Education – Apprentices are provided supplemental classroom education based on the employer's unique training needs to ensure quality and success.
  • Diversity – Programs are designed to reflect the communities in which they operate through strong non-discrimination, anti-harassment, and recruitment practices to ensure access, equity, and inclusion.
  • Quality & Safety – Apprentices are afforded worker protections while receiving rigorous training to equip them with the skills they need to succeed and the proper training and supervision they need to be safe.
  • Credentials – Apprentices earn a portable, nationally-recognized credential within their industry.

What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship is the term used for apprenticeship programs that have a formal structure in which employers have established learning standards that meet national and state quality expectations. When individuals successfully complete a Registered Apprenticeship program, they receive a national credential that is recognized anywhere in the industry.

What is Pre-Apprenticeship?

A pre-apprenticeship is a program or set of services designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program. A pre-apprenticeship program, by definition, has a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program. Quality pre-apprenticeship programs are a starting point toward a successful career path for under-represented job seekers (such as disadvantaged women and men, individuals with disabilities and others) who may not be aware of this approach to obtain good jobs with opportunities for advancement. Pre-apprenticeships help individuals meet the entry requirements for apprenticeship programs and ensure they are prepared to be successful in their apprenticeship.

Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Benefits of Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship programs help both employers and career seekers. For employers, Apprenticeship programs offer the opportunity to:

  • Recruit and develop a diverse and highly-skilled workforce that helps you grow your business
  • Improve productivity, profitability, and your bottom line
  • Reduce turnover, improve loyalty, and retain top talent
  • Create flexible training options that ensure workers develop the right skills
  • Vet workers and instill your company’s culture
  • Demonstrate investment in your community

Employers on the Benefits of Apprenticeship

Why Become an Apprentice?

Through an apprenticeship program, you can obtain paid, relevant workplace experience while acquiring the skills and credentials that employer’s value. 93% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $77,000. 

Apprentices on the Benefits of Apprenticeship

Programs Offered in Multiple Industries

Apprenticeship is a flexible training model that can be customized to meet the needs of businesses across multiple industries.

Some industries with apprenticeship programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Care Economy (including Social Services and Education)
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Public Service
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation

Employers:

How can a Registered Apprenticeship Benefit You?

Employer Fact Sheet

Job Seekers:

Job Seeker Fact sheet

Local Apprenticeship Opportunities: 

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Electrical

Plumbing and Pipefitters

Other

Interested in exploring Apprenticeships to enhance your operations? Contact us at Apprenticeships@ruralcapital.net

Meet the WSRCA Apprenticeship Team:

Ebony Collins

Ebony Collins

Partnership Specialist

Stephanie Mora

Stephanie Mora

Partnership Specialist

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Ebony Collins

Sector: Public Sector

Ebony Collins

Partnership Specialist

Ebony serves as a Healthcare Partnerships Specialist with WSRCA, focusing on developing apprenticeships with employers. 

Ebony holds an MBA with a focus in Healthcare Management and a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management with a minor in Marketing. She has been working in the Healthcare sector since 2018. 

In her free time, Ebony enjoys hiking on different trails and playing with her bully pit mix puppy.

Stephanie Mora

Sector: Public Sector

Stephanie Mora

Partnership Specialist

Stephanie serves as a Partnership Specialist in Manufacturing and Skilled Trades and previously served for more than 3 years as a Youth Talent Engagement Specialist with WSRCA. 

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and has hosted numerous presentations and panels on local labor market information and work readiness opportunities geared towards young adults and transitioning professionals. 

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys acting and performing in stage plays and is a Mom of 3 cats and a dog.