What do a machinist, an electrician, a dental assistant, and a computer programmer have in common?
They are all jobs that can be learned through an apprenticeship. Much of America’s workforce is retiring, leaving businesses with gaps in their labor force and in need of a way to find, train, and retain workers. This is where apprenticeship can help. Registered apprenticeships, where employees train under the direction of experienced subject matter experts (called journey workers), are one way that businesses can prepare for the shifting demographics of the workforce. Apprenticeship programs foster loyalty, replenish your skilled workforce, and can make your company more productive. Still not sure if apprenticeship is right for you? Contact WorkSource Oregon’s Apprenticeship Business Representative at 971-235-6289 or email [email protected] to find out if Registered Apprenticeship is right for your business.
What occupations are a good fit for apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is an effective solution in any occupation that involves a progressive attainment of skills and knowledge in order to meet an industry standard. Occupations that are a good fit for apprenticeship have the following characteristics:
- Requires at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job learning
- Is customarily learned in a practical way through a structured, systematic program of on-the-job supervised learning
- Requires related theoretical (academic) instruction to supplement the on-the-job learning
- Is clearly identified and recognized as an occupation throughout an industry
If you are an employer in the information technology or manufacturing industry, there may be grant funds available to help you start a new apprenticeship program. To find our more, contact, Shaun Engstrom at 503-931-5379 or [email protected]. To fill out an application to get tuition assistance for your apprentices in grant eligible programs, click here.