Apprenticeship is a time-tested training model providing access to a diverse range of well-paying occupations providing a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of our county’s pressing workforce challenges. While Registered Apprenticeship has been a fixture of construction trades training for generations, in recent years it has become an important tool to address workforce issues for industries such as cyber security, clean energy, healthcare, and hospitality.
Registered Apprenticeship offers workers paid, relevant workplace experiences while acquiring the skills and credentials that employers value while earning good wages avoiding student debt that has become associated with college. Registered Apprenticeship offers viable career paths to family-sustaining pay for anyone, including women, young adults, people of color, and individuals with disabilities.
Pre-Apprenticeship is becoming an increasingly important component of the apprenticeship movement. Many apprenticeships have technical or academic qualifications required to entry into their programs. Pre-Apprenticeship programs are often short-term training programs that provide credentials and experience that fill these gaps allowing trainees to become apprentices and start their path toward becoming a high-paid, journey-level workers.
In 2023, WSM was designated as an Apprenticeship Ambassador by the United States Department of Labor. The goal of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative is to create a network of employers, labor organizations, industry associations, sponsors, educators, workforce intermediaries, minority-serving organizations, and other stakeholders to serve as champions for their industry or area of expertise.
Registered Apprenticeships can help employers:
WSM Apprenticeship Partners include:
- Recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce that helps grow their business
- Improve productivity, profitability, and an employer’s bottom line
- Create flexible training options that ensure workers develop the right skills
- Receive tax credits and employee tuition benefits in participating states
- Increase staff loyalty and retention of workers, during the following the apprenticeship
- Independent Electrical Contractors
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- International Business of Sales and Services
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
- Maryland Department of Labor
- Montgomery County Public Schools
- Service Workers Training and Education Partnerships
- Wanada Automobile Dealer Education Institute
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