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BakerAre 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 Apprenticeship Program?
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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 employer.

Benefits of Training Apprentices

Order ClerkYour 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 exam.
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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 company.

Setting Up a Registered Apprenticeship Program

Funding Opportunities

List of Officially Recognized Apprenticeable Occupations

Registered Apprenticeship Employer Information Request Form

Registered Apprenticeship Brochure

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