This week marks the third annual National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-19). We are excited to take part in this celebration with so many other companies, individuals, and educators that are making a difference through apprenticeship programs. We believe apprenticeships work for everyone—from the business owner looking to recruit highly skilled and talented workers, to the job seeker wanting to advance their career. It works because youth and job seekers can earn while they learn, and employers can develop the talent they need to compete today and tomorrow.
Did you know research shows 91 percent of those who complete their apprenticeship programs find employment with average wages above $60,000? And, on average workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn $300,000 more over a career than their peers who don’t. The return on investment for employers is also impressive—studies show that, for every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers get an average of $1.50 back in increased productivity and greater frontline innovation.
Apprenticeships are more than a proven, affordable post-secondary pathway, it’s a movement now half a million strong and counting. That’s why this week, with a proclamation from the president, employers, unions, community colleges, and state and local leaders are hosting hundreds of open houses and other events to commemorate National Apprenticeship Week.
Read the president’s 2017 National Apprenticeship Week proclamation.
At WIRE-Net we celebrate registered apprenticeships as a tried and true pathway to the middle class and this unprecedented time of innovation and expansion for apprenticeships. We believe apprenticeships are good for individuals and businesses in our region, and it is our goal to continue this work to build a pipeline of skilled workers for area manufacturing companies and give individuals the skills they need to build a career.
This week we have a lot to be enthusiastic about—our first cohort of industrial maintenance apprentices is finishing-up their fall classes at Cuyahoga Community College and will soon begin winter classes; we have begun recruiting for our next cohort of CNC Machining and Industrial Maintenance apprenticeships that will begin after the first of the year; and this week we rolled out our new CNC Machining Pre-Apprenticeship Program to students at Max Hayes High School.
In addition, we are excited to announce we will be joining forces with Cuyahoga Community College through the Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium to offer program sponsorship and tuition reimbursement to participating employers who enroll candidates in new registered apprenticeship programs now through April 2018.
Pictured Above: WIRE-Net Director of Youth Programs, Brianna Schultz, rolls out the new CNC Machining Pre-Apprenticeship Program to students at Max Hayes High School on Monday, November 13th to kick-off National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-19).
If we can help answer any questions or help you put an apprenticeship program in place, please reach out to Mike Hoag, Vice President of Workforce Development, at 216.920.1958.
We’d love to hear about your experiences related to apprenticeships, and hope you’ll weigh in during National Apprenticeship Week. You can follow the discussion on social media using hashtags #NAW17 and #ApprenticeshipWorks.
To learn more about WIRE-Net’s Apprenticeship Consortium visit www.wire-net.org.