Alliance For Working Together Apprenticeship Program Being Formed In Northeast Ohio - Overall Effort ‘Aimed At Strengthening The Manufacturing Workforce Through Apprenticeship Training’
(NORTHEAST OHIO) - The Alliance for Working Together (AWT) Foundation has announced the beginning of the AWT Apprenticeship Program, a collaborative effort of the AWT Foundation, Lakeland Community College, Mentor Public Schools, Lake Shore Compact and Auburn Career Center – an overall effort aimed at strengthening the manufacturing workforce through Apprenticeship Training.
The AWT Apprenticeship seeks to offer a reliable pipeline of skilled Workers, customized training that meets industry standards, and increased knowledge transfer through on-the-job learning.
The AWT Foundation will be offering two programs: The Pre-Apprenticeship Model and the traditional Apprenticeship Model.
The Pre-Apprenticeship Model will target high school students and will be provided by Mentor Public Schools and Lakeshore Compact.
Participating in this program will take a year off of a Traditional Apprenticeship Model and align with Apprentice Training in Northeast Ohio.
The Traditional AWT Apprenticeship Model will target adults and incumbent Workers.
The AWT Apprenticeship Program is a blended educational model with on-line and in-person expert training.
In the Apprenticeship Program, there will be 21 on-line courses for technical-related training. The on-line format allows students to work at their own pace.
Apprentices will also receive in-person instruction by an AWT Instructor/Industry Expert.
AWT offers four different Apprenticeship Occupations - Precision Machinist, Tool Programmer/Numerical Control, Tool and Die Maker, and Mold Maker.
The cost of enrollment in the AWT Apprenticeship Program is $2,000 per Employee per year and through the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation’s TechCred Program, employers who submit successful TechCred applications will be reimbursed up to $2,000 per credential when current or prospective Employees complete their training.
“I am extremely proud of the AWT Foundation members and our community - we have come together to create one of the most innovative Apprenticeship Models in Northeast Ohio," AWT Foundation Executive Director Juliana Petti said a press release. "This program is business-driven to ensure that we are meeting business workforce needs and equipping our Apprentices to be leaders in the manufacturing industry. I hope this collaborative effort between businesses, higher education institutions, K-12 education providers, career and technical education centers, and non-profits demonstrates the power of community-led initiatives.”
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