Having skilled workers is critical to the success of any business. As we progress in the 21st century, this need will become even more acute as millions of baby-boomers retire. By participating in registered apprenticeships, employers can build a dynamic, self-empowered workforce that will help their business succeed in the future.
Registered apprenticeship is a win-win program for both employers and workers. For employers, apprenticeship provides many benefits, such as:
- Improving the bottom line: Registered Apprenticeship not only helps fill positions with hard-to-find skills, but builds a steady pool of skilled employees to support your company’s growth.
- Flexible, customizable program: You can create a flexible training program appropriate for your business. As your workforce needs change, you can adjust your training curriculum, design a new program or even add new apprentices.
- Financial incentives: Your business may qualify for state tax benefits or other financial support.
- Better Employees: Apprenticeships provide a pathway to careers for many workers. They receive paid on-the-job training while learning a new skill. Apprentices tend to stay longer with a company and are more productive.
Today, more than 5,200 apprentices are working for Massachusetts employer sponsors. There are over 850 occupations in traditional building trades and non-building trade areas that can be sponsored through apprenticeship training. See list of registered apprentice occupations.
If you’re interested in sponsoring an apprenticeship program in your company, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) at 617-626-5409 to schedule a meeting with field personnel. At the initial meeting, you will learn about the requirements of the apprenticeship model. In subsequent meetings we can provide you with support on how to customize your training program to meet your business needs. If you have any questions, please visit the DAS website to view a sample copy of the sponsor application, standards and all statues, and regulations and policies.
Remember, today’s apprentices become the supervisors and leaders of tomorrow.
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