Increasingly, advanced manufacturing companies are turning to apprenticeship to develop, grow, and retain a skilled workforce. Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job learning with related instruction in technical areas to produce qualified, highly-productive employees for careers requiring precision skills. Apprenticeship training ensures workers have the knowledge and competencies companies need for today and tomorrow.
High-Demand Apprenticeship Occupations:
Apprenticeship provided the Rolls-Royce auto plant in Virginia with a strong solution to its workforce challenges. The company needed a pipeline of CNC machine operators, and its recruitment efforts had failed to provide the well-trained candidates they needed. The company worked with Virginia's Community College Workforce Alliance, the Virginia Department of Industry and Labor, and area high schools to develop a customized workforce solution that fits with its corporate culture of high-performing and engaged employees. The Community College Workforce Alliance helps Rolls-Royce leverage funding to offset the cost of tuition and books for first-year apprentices. The CNC Machinist Registered Apprenticeship program has provided Rolls-Royce with a pool of well-trained CNC operators, a simplified recruitment process, apprentice retention rates of 100%, and cross-training methods that support the company's high-performance culture.
These resources provide the information and building blocks you need to start designing your apprenticeship program.
For more resources, program examples, and marketing materials, go to the Advanced Manufacturing Community of Practice page.
Jobs for the Future (JFF) has been partnering with manufacturing associations and leading innovators in apprenticeship to dramatically increase the number of manufacturing firms that are utilizing registered apprenticeship. JFF brings decades of implementation experience and technical knowledge to the work of increasing the reach and impact of apprenticeships across the nation. JFF's apprenticeship efforts provide options to expand:
The growing need for a skilled and diverse workforce, and the role of apprenticeship in meeting those needs, were major topics of discussion at the Wireless Infrastructure Show and Supplier Diversity Summit (WIS) in Orlando, FL on May 22-25, where JFF hosted an Accelerator event for industry attendees. Within days of the event, several companies submitted employer acceptance agreements committing to sponsor new registered apprentices, and several other companies expressed serious interest.