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Should My Company Offer Apprenticeships?

Published Wednesday, August 21, 2019

In the highly competitive job market, many firms and companies have difficulty finding employees with the necessary skills or desired level of company-specific knowledge. Through apprenticeships, employers are able to reduce operational costs by establishing a streamlined channel to bring on new workers and advance existing workers, building employee loyalty and reducing attrition, and fostering new leaders.

How do apprenticeships work?

Apprentices are paid an hourly wage by employers during training, a wage that increases over time as new skills are learned. Employers and their training partners provide on-the-job learning and job-related classroom or technical instruction. This training results in an industry-recognized credential that certifies their occupational proficiency.

In 2018, the United States had more than 23,000 registered apprenticeship programs that offered training to about 585,000 apprentices. In North Carolina alone, apprentices are training in more than a thousand occupations, in traditional fields as well as newer ones, including mechatronics, computer simulation, banking, medical coding and pharmacy operations.

How have other companies benefited from apprenticeships?

Businesses of all sizes, ranging from family-owned to multinational corporations, are realizing that long-investment potential that apprenticeships bring. Custom apprenticeship programs have enabled companies to develop a pipeline of new talent that is trained to perform the jobs that they need filled. It has also helped companies reduce the amount of turnover, reduce recruiting and hiring costs, and increase employee adaptability and problem-solving capabilities.

Wayne Brothers Companies in Kannapolis is partnering with Kannapolis City Schools' Career & Technical Education (CTE) program to provide custom apprenticeship programs for students at A.L. Brown High School. In May 2019, Kannapolis City Schools recognized 11 seniors from A.L. Brown High School, who signed their letters of intent with Wayne Brothers Companies after completing their apprenticeship program. Wayne Brothers also recognized one of their apprentices last school year, Alex Nunez, naming him the most outstanding high school apprentice in the state of North Carolina.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) offers a four-year training program that is designed to assist companies with their maintenance technician needs. RCCC partners with local companies, including Trelleborg Boots North America Inc. and Carolina Color Corporation, to provide apprenticeship training so employees can acquire the skill sets needed to become a multi-craft maintenance technician and certified journeyman at a state and federal level. The program offers apprenticeship instructions on electrical, mechanics, programmable logic controls (PLC's), welding, fabrication, and HVAC.

Where can I get more information?

Whether your company is small or large, you can tailor an apprenticeship to meet your needs. For more information about developing an apprenticeship program, visit apprenticeshipnc.com.

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