When an organization chooses to implement an apprenticeship program, Westside Works can provide the following assistance:
- Consults with the organization’s internal team (apprenticeship committee) for the development of the apprenticeship program standards
- Suggests appropriate instruction from available West Hills College courses. For-credit courses are free to in-state apprentices in a registered apprenticeship program.
- Provides guidance in launching, recruiting, and administering the apprenticeship program
Hiring skilled workers not only costs more in wages but also requires training and other resources to acclimate a new employee to plant standards, equipment, and organizational culture. However, apprentices start as trainees with lower wages and learn under journey-level workers, subject matter experts, or supervisors. Supplemented with low-cost or free related education at a community college, on-the-job training - with wage increases as skills are mastered - develops a strong workforce that assists the organization in operating efficiently and profitably.
It is quite common for workers to leave an organization for a better opportunity elsewhere. However, from loyalty breeds loyalty. Offering growth opportunities such as apprenticeship, in lieu of hiring skilled workers from outside of the organization, secures a more reliable, sustainable workforce. Promoting and training within drives momentum, determination, and optimism among employees.
Local jobseekers or incumbent workers with limited job skills are eager to compete for an opportunity to earn pay while learning a profession. Employer-sponsored apprenticeship programs often benefit from tuition-free college courses for apprentices and apprentices are motivated to master job skills as they seek to achieve step increases on a wage scale designed by an employer specifically for an apprentice. Offering apprenticeship opportunities to your current workers and the community alleviate the expense of paying entry-level workers higher incomes in an era of inflated degrees.
Apprenticeship programs attract local jobseekers who are willing to learn and earn. Trainees earning wages with living-wage potential often refer their friends to an organization that invests in their development. Workforce creation takes a village and rural communities are ready, willing, and able to assist when provided opportunities to grow.
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