Tooling U-SME’s Apprenticeship Acceleration Framework pairs on-the-job training with related training instruction, supplying a talent pipeline of qualified workers for employers and industries.


The Apprenticeship Acceleration Framework can reduce the time for an apprentice to reach the journey-level. This flexible model allows organizations and educators to customize the framework towards specific business needs and tracks the demonstrated OJT skills a worker should perform over the years of their development.

Tooling U-SME’s Apprenticeship Acceleration Framework

Tooling U-SME supports nationwide Department of Labor (DOL) apprenticeship programs with a competency-based approach to traditional apprenticeship models. In the past, apprenticeships have consisted of completion of Related Training Instruction (RTI) and On-The-Job Training (OJT) hours that work towards a journeyworker / journey-level status. However, today’s apprenticeships differ from earlier iterations. Informal, time-based programs are out. Formal, competency-based programs are in. Tooling U-SME believes that competency-based learning and development programs are essential for successfully learning specific job roles. Our Apprenticeship Acceleration Framework examines the necessary knowledge and skills that support common apprenticeship job functions.

The Tooling U-SME Apprenticeship Acceleration Framework provides the following key benefits:

  • Helps manufacturers recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce
  • Streamlines the training process through assessment and improves ROI by eliminating non-value-added steps
  • Helps mentors accurately evaluate worker performance levels using competency-based indicators, reducing subjective assessment
  • Provides less experienced performers with a clear definition and outline of what they need to achieve in order to become superior performers
  • Provides tracking and easy administration of RTI and OJT hours through the Tooling U-SME web-based and mobile tracking tools

Customizable Occupations in the Following:

  • CNC Operator
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Welder
  • Die Setter
  • Electrical Technician
  • Toolmaker
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Robotics Technician
  • Press Operator
  • Inspector

Functional Areas


Job Skills

Adherence to core fundamental employability skills that employers desire from new and incumbent employees in the workplace


Health & Safety

Adherence to safety, health and environmental rules and regulators to avoid workplace injury and maximize personal and organizational productivity and profitability.


Foundations in Manufacturing

Adherence to essential technical knowledge and skills necessary to build a job ready manufacturing workforce.


Technical Expertise

Adherence to the standards designated for specific crafts through the achievement of theory and hands-on skills that are applied to industry work.


Leading and Developing People

Adherence to good practices and positive interaction in leading, training or mentoring coworkers within a manufacturing environment.


To learn more about the Accelerated Apprenticeship Framework contact Tooling U-SME at 866.706.8665 or visit



The key below shows the number of On-the-Job Training (OJT) hours required for each functional area. The Performance Indicators show the number of performance abilities or tasks required to successfully obtain competency in each of the functional areas.




Tooling U-SME has identified the skill requirements for the registered apprenticeship in the form of performance indicators, which an apprentice should be able to demonstrate during their apprenticeship program. OJT hours are recorded; however Tooling U-SME encourages that the journey-level trainer/mentor validate the following performance tasks to verify competency skills are being met.

View the competency skills which give credibility to “Performance Indicators”.