Is Your Workforce Prepared to Compete in the 21st Century? ...Maximize Your Workforce Potential!
Are you an employer who has need of a skilled workforce?
Would you like to train your workers in the latest
technologies and not lose valuable time? Are you looking to
reduce turnover and improve employer/employee relationships?
Would you like to be recognized by your community as an
industry leader in providing opportunities for employment
and training? If you have answered "yes" to any of these
questions, then registered apprenticeship training is the
avenue for you to explore.
Apprenticeship training is a method that combines actual
work experience with classroom related instruction and
produces a worker skilled in the occupation, who is capable
of exercising independent judgment and who subscribes to the
highest standards of professional conduct. There is a
written agreement between the apprentice and the employer,
which acknowledges their joint commitment to the training
process. This agreement is approved in Iowa by the Office of
Apprenticeship. Registration of your apprenticeship training
program guarantees that your workforce will be consistently
trained at the highest skill levels and that your program will
be nationally recognized.
What Are the Benefits of Sponsoring an
Employers experience benefits in two categories:
economic and intrinsic. The economic benefits are
derived from your eligibility to pay apprentice wages
(usually 40% - 50 % of journey worker wages). Registered
apprenticeship sponsors are also exempted from paying
overtime to apprentices for the related instruction
portion of their training. Furthermore, many sponsors
report reduced turnover. We believe this is because the
apprentice knows that the employer values trained
employees; thus, employee morale is improved.
The intrinsic benefits are many. Overall, apprentices in
registered training programs know they have jobs in the
future. By working for an employer who values lifelong
learning, apprentices become invested in improving their
skills and in achieving a Certificate of Completion
which is a nationally recognized credential. Because
apprentices not only learn the techniques of the
occupation, they also understand why they do what they do.
They become good problem solvers, work better as team
members and demonstrate better interpersonal skills.
Apprentices become skilled, motivated craft workers with
a strong work ethic who are well versed in company
policy. They average better attendance, possess the
latest technological skills, fill critical needs
for skilled workers in the face of retirements and the
need to be highly productive with a reduced workforce.
Apprentices become skilled workers, flexible and
productive, who are dedicated to the industry and the
Benefits of Training Apprentices
Your company/business /organization needs to be ready to
compete in the 21st Century. By training apprentices you
will gain employees who will make a contribution to your
bottom line. Apprenticeship training is a key investment
in your company’s future. Following are some of the key
benefits of training apprentices:
Apprenticeship equals trained employees. By combining
on-the-job training with classroom instruction,
apprenticeship provides an employer with fully-trained
employees. It creates better skilled workers for your
company by providing skill training and job-related
theory to meet your company’s needs. Participating in an
apprenticeship program ensures that you will have
employees that are trained to industry standards, as
well as to your company’s.
Apprenticeship means fewer turnovers. Invest in your
employees and they will invest in you. When you commit
to training your workforce, you will see employee
motivation increase, improvements in overall work
ethics and increased employee loyalty. Training
apprentices in your business creates skilled and
experienced employees, many of whom will stay with you
for the long term.
Apprenticeship saves you money. Although you pay for
apprenticeship training, the actual cost to you is
minimal. The program includes both classroom and
on-the-job training, so apprentices will be producing
for you while they learn. The result is employees ready
to contribute to your bottom line. Also, if your
business is in a field requiring licensing, when your
employees finish the program, they are prepared for the
Apprenticeship improves productivity. The completion of
an apprenticeship program results in highly trained
professionals who contribute noticeably to your bottom
line and ensures a high level of quality production.
Their knowledge, skills, and on the job experience
enables them to develop a thorough understanding of your
business needs and how best to meet them.
Apprenticeship helps you provide career opportunities.
The apprenticeship program is the best way to train
qualified individuals by providing career opportunities
and trained people in your industry. This means you will
have trained employees when you need them. It will also
raise the overall status of your industry.
Apprenticeship helps you plan for the future. According
to recent studies by the year 2012, Iowa will be
experiencing a “significant labor shortage." As the number
of people turning sixty-five, fueled by the aging of the
“Baby Boomer” generation surpasses the number of people
turning eighteen due to low birth rates and slowing
migration patterns. Consequently, the number of workers
entering the labor force will not be sufficient to
replace those ending their working careers.
Implementing an apprenticeship program in your business
will assist you to be better able to plan and met your
future workforce needs, ensuring that you have a pool of
experienced employees of different ages within your
Setting Up a Registered Apprenticeship Program
Officially Recognized Apprenticeable Occupations
Registered Apprenticeship Employer Information Request Form
Registered Apprenticeship Brochure
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