Registered Apprenticeship is a time-tested educational method that combines on-the-job training and one-on-one mentoring with theoretical instruction to teach the whys and hows of job performance. Modern apprenticeship programs offer flexibility and innovative approaches for businesses to recruit, train, and cultivate high-performing candidates while also providing better opportunities, improved job satisfaction, and long-term success for career seekers. Recent innovations in the apprenticeship model include the ability to earn college credit and conduct competency assessments. Businesses who incorporate apprenticeship into their recruitment and training efforts report increased employee engagement, reduced turnover, and returns on their investment as much as 40% and 50%* .
* Source: The Benefits and Costs of Apprenticeship: A Business Perspective, November 2016, US Department of Commerce
HOW DOES REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP WORK IN VIRGINIA?
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Division of Registered Apprenticeship (VDOLI) is the state apprenticeship agency solely responsible for registering apprentices according to national standards. The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board (SVWDB) partners with VDOLI and numerous regional training providers to facilitate an efficient registration process, customize apprenticeship training that complements a company's specific training and development strategy, and source financial incentives where applicable.
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY?
Registered Apprentices in Advanced Manufacturing. The SVWDB was awarded a $4 million grant in October 2015 as part of the US Department of Labor American Apprenticeship Initiative designed to address the nation’s critical skill shortage through expansion of registered apprenticeship programs. The Valley 2 Virginia (V2V) Registered Apprenticeship Initiative (V2V) grant can reimburse companies up to 50% of their cost for apprenticeship instruction in advanced manufacturing occupations (priority: females, minorities, disabled, transitioning military, Veterans).
Pre-Apprenticeship Program. V2V also supports targeted pre-apprenticeship training for job candidates at community colleges and technical centers. When one of these pre-apprenticeship candidates completes training and is hired by a company, the training can be credited toward the company’s apprenticeship program requirements, thereby significantly reducing the time and cost of apprenticeship program completion.
HOW DOES A BUSINESS GET STARTED?
How to Begin? Contact SVWDB or a VDOLI office near you. To create an apprenticeship program or add an occupation to your existing program, SVWDB and partners can provide technical support for program design, instruction alternatives, and enrollment processing.
What is the enrollment process? Once the company’s apprenticeship program is developed and instruction approved, a concurrent registration and grant enrollment process occurs typically on the company site with a VDOLI and a SVWDB representatives present. Read more about the simple agreements and reimbursement process HERE.
For more information:
Debby Hopkins, Workforce Officer & Project Director, firstname.lastname@example.org (540) 442-7134 ex. 105
Sean McCusty, Business Development Manager, email@example.com, (540) 442-7134 Ext. 117