Starting a State-Registered Apprenticeship Program
It’s no secret there is a workforce shortage in the construction science technology professions. The challenge is more than recruiting employees, it’s recruiting skilled employees and keeping them. Companies looking to hire the cream of the crop should consider starting a state-registered apprentice program.
What is a registered apprentice program?
A registered apprenticeship program is a full-time, paid employment and training program with built-in career placement. It is an opportunity for a worker to earn a salary while receiving mandatory on-the-job training and related technical instruction in either a classroom, through occupational or industrial courses, or by correspondence courses of equivalent value, electronic media, or other forms of approved self-study.
The cost: free
It doesn’t cost anything for an employer to start and register a program. No registration fees. No annual dues. There are no hidden fees; it is free to start and register a program with [email protected]
Meanwhile, companies are spending significant amounts of money sending employees to recruit at hit-or-miss career fairs and on advertising again and again for the same positions that never seem to stay filled for long. Instead, a company could be investing their valuable time and resources into a state-registered apprentice program that trains focused applicants, employees who will learn the required skills and be more likely to stick around. For every $1 spent on a registered apprenticeship program, employers receive an average $1.47 back in increased productivity, reduced waste, and greater innovation.
What are the requirements to start a program?
To start a state-registered apprenticeship program employers must have a subject matter expert, a journeyman, in the trade they will be training apprentices in. This person will mentor and train the apprentices in the craft profession they seek to learn. In addition, the employer must have a federal tax identification number (FEIN), a brick and mortar address and fill out a registration form with [email protected]
Why should I register my apprenticeship program?
There are many reasons why an employer should register their apprenticeship program, including:
- Apprentices, new employees, earn solid credentials.
- It doesn’t cost anything to register a program.
- It’s a small amount of extra paperwork.
- Only focused applicants interested in staying in the industry are likely to apply.
- Higher employee retention rates. Approximately 91% of apprentices that complete an apprenticeship are still employed nine months later.
Where do I start?
The first step is to contact the [email protected] Arizona Apprenticeship Office: