Registered apprenticeship is an effective "earn and learn" model with a long history of providing career ladders and pathways to the middle class. For those entering the labor market that either come from disadvantaged environments and/or have little to no work experience, the road to registered apprenticeship programs is less accessible and more challenging. The Pre-Apprenticeship Academy is designed to increase apprenticeship opportunities for disadvantaged, low-skilled individuals, and under-represented populations that are critically needed. Pre-Apprenticeship Academy consists of multiple phases designed to ensure long term success in registered apprenticeships, you can read about each phase below.
· Initial drug screening.
· Worksite safety- All pre-apprenticeship participants will complete eight hours of basic worksite training. The training will better prepare them for some of the worksite hazards that could cause injury if proper safety measures are not followed. Example of some of the training may consist of hard hat safety regulation, heavy equipment work area safety, power equipment safety, and proper workplace attire.
· OSHA-10 training- All pre-apprenticeship participants will complete ten hours of OSHA training. At the completion of this training all participants will receive a certification of completion.
· Work Experience- All pre-apprenticeship participants will complete forty hours of work Experience in all pre-apprenticeship fields. Each participant will work in each pre-apprenticeship field in order to become familiar with the job duties and requirements that each position will consist of. This will enable each participant to make an educated decision based on hands on experience on what field they would like to pursue.
All Phase 1 activities will be paid a Wage of $10.00 per hour for 138 hours.
· Resume/interviewing- All pre-apprenticeship participants will complete four hours of resume writing and interviewing workshops. These workshops will teach proper interviewing/resume writing skills for the apprenticeship position and for future jobs that they may receive in the field that they have chosen.
· Soft skills training- All pre-apprenticeship participants will complete eight hours of soft skills training. Soft skills training will focus on some of the areas that local businesses have expressed a need for, such as: Customer service on any job, punctuality, attendance, communication, and specific job related edict.
· Computer assessments- All pre-apprenticeship participants will complete seven hours of computer assessments. The computer assessments will consist of NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate) and Prove it.
· Credit Counseling/Financial workshops- All pre-apprenticeship participants will complete a two-hour workshop on budgeting and financial management. The purpose of this class will be to teach skills that will help them obtain financial independence and budgeting guidelines for crucial career/personal related expenses such as transportation, clothes, rent, and food.
· Flooring- All pre-apprenticeship participants will complete forty hours of training in Flooring.
· Carpenters- All pre-apprenticeship participants will complete forty hours of training in Carpentry.
· Laborers- All pre-apprenticeship participants will complete forty hours of training as Laborers.
All Phase 2 activities will be paid a Wage of $11.00 per hour for 141 hours.
· Final drug screening for individuals who did not pass the initial test.
· Experiential training- All pre-apprenticeship participants will be placed in an On-the-Job (OJT) opportunity in their selected field of choice. This opportunity will allow the individual to begin a full apprenticeship through the Union while in the OJT. Each participant shall be placed in an apprenticeship OJT for 12 weeks and have the following Registered Apprenticeship as options:
All Phase 3 Activities will be paid a wage set forth by their employer of choice. Typical range of wages seen are $12.40-$15.50.