Why Should You Start a Registered Apprenticeship Program?
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The Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) works in partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF) to connect interested corporations with an appropriate partner to carry out a successful and equitable Registered Apprenticeship Program by providing technical assistance in recruiting, retaining, and training women in manufacturing Registered Apprenticeship Programs.
Hear from Ken Winebarger, Director of the Industrial Institute at
ITAC Industrial Institute, about his experience creating a Registered
Apprenticeship Program with WiM and JFF.
- Industrial TurnAround Corporation (ITAC), located in Chester, VA, has industrial engineers and constructors that provide clients with fully integrated design-build services for complex capital projects.
- Offering a Registered Apprenticeship Program to our employees shows that we see them as a vital part of the workforce and are willing to invest in their future.
- Registered apprenticeships offer opportunities for our employees to be successfully trained and develop their careers in a trade.
- It also brings opportunities for advancement.
- The skills they learn are essential to the success of the job, to our company and our clients.
Registered Apprenticeship Programs are open to all demographics. The federal and state agencies have many workforce programs that lead to development and diversification in traditional and nontraditional trades. Our company has apprentice completers in both areas. The best marketing for these areas is the apprentices themselves and their successes.
Do you have any advice for companies who are just starting out in the Registered Apprenticeship Program space or for those who are considering it?
If a company is considering a Registered Apprenticeship Program, research what areas are most critical to making your company successful with skilled workers. Build the apprenticeship around those needs and partner with local agencies with the help of the State Department of Labor and Industry. Look at successful apprenticeship programs in your area and talk with their directors.
One of our company's biggest successes is having apprentices complete training, earn their journeyman card and reach a milestone in their career. Another success is that an apprentice completer was nominated and selected as an Outstanding Apprentice by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. This was a result of true dedication by the apprentice to the craft and recognition by other employees. The Registered Apprenticeship Program also affords the program completers to grow in their craft and move into different positions within the company. The ultimate success story is seeing the apprentice pursue and advance in a rewarding career, mentor others, earn good pay and enjoy what they do.