Educators & Industry Join to Graduate Pre-apprenticeship Students
Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME on
September 26, 2019
According to the
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), apprenticeships show 56 percent growth since 2013. In 2018,
nationwide, there were over 585,000 apprentices. This is a proven strategy
for developing a workforce that is essential for the prosperity of the
Manufacturing has long been an advocate of apprenticeship programs.
The results are clear: By establishing apprenticeship programs around
industry-wide standards, U.S. employers who sponsor apprenticeship programs
can more quickly build a pipeline of skilled workers, boost retention,
reduce recruiting costs and improve productivity.
And benefits of this “earn and learn” strategy are just as compelling for
apprentices. Apprentices get paid while obtaining training for skilled
positions that will launch them on a promising and lucrative career path.
That means a debt-free education when compared to many of their
counterparts pursuing two-year and four-year college degrees.
The industry has rallied around this strategy, and successful
apprenticeship programs – from pre-apprenticeship to Registered
Apprenticeship programs — involve industry, educators, DOL, unions,
workforce agencies and community-based organizations.
One recent success story comes from Hawthorne High School, part of the Centinela Valley Union High School District, in Southern California, about 15 miles from Los Angeles. A longtime SME PRIME school, they recently celebrated 23 students from the school’s
Manufacturing and Engineering program who graduated from South Bay
Workforce Investment Board’s (SBWIB)
Aero-Flex Pre-Apprenticeship program.
The students successfully earned certificates by completing the three-track
Aero-Flex Pre-Apprenticeship program requirements:
Each student received a $500 stipend at their graduation ceremony as a
reward for successful completion of the program.
The Aero-Flex Pre-Apprenticeship program aligned with Hawthorne High School
is an employer-directed “earn and learn” model for engineering, allowing
individual employers to design the program’s curriculum based on
competencies. The program provides participating high school students with
an awareness of opportunity within manufacturing along with the valuable
workplace skills needed to succeed in a professional setting.
This is exactly what is needed to address the talent gap.
As a founding partner of the Aero-Flex program, we see many examples of how
these apprenticeship programs, uniting employers, educators, workforce
development agencies and more, are helping solve workforce and pipeline
development challenges in the field of Advanced Manufacturing.
Contact us at 866.706.8665 if you’re interested in learning more about an
At Tooling U-SME, we remain committed to helping educators and employers
collaborate to build the next generation manufacturing workforce.
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