According to Ideastream, at the end of 2018 about 6.6. million Americans were unemployed and companies had almost as many job openings. In many cases, the people looking for work simply weren’t qualified for the positions that companies needed to fill. One solution to address the labor shortage and the skills gap are apprenticeship programs.
Long been associated with construction trades, today's modern apprenticeship programs span multiple industries including IT, financial services, healthcare, cybersecurity, and manufacturing. And they're not just for high school graduates who do not want to attend college - high school pre-apprenticeship programs are helping students jump start careers in high demand fields and individuals looking to switch careers or learn skills in advanced manufacturing and IT are also benefiting from apprenticeship programs.
What are the traits of a successful apprenticeship program? Could they help you address gaps in your workforce or are there employees at your company who need more skills?
The Manufacturing Works Apprenticeship Consortium is a state- and nationally-recognized apprenticeship sponsor for manufacturing occupations. We assist greater Cleveland manufacturers in establishing and managing apprenticeships to proactively address their skills gaps. We provide administrative and technical support while the company focuses on the on-the-job training and mentoring. Linda Dyczkiewycz our Apprenticeship Program Manager sat down with other apprenticeship experts to share what a modern apprenticeship program looks like and success stories from local Northeast Ohio manufacturers.
Watch the full program:
Manufacturing Works will be holding an Apprenticeship Webinar on April 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Watch for more information about this in the coming days. Employers interested in joining the webinar and our consortium should contact Linda Dyczkiewycz, Apprenticeship Program Manager, at 216.920.1963.