Apprenticeship programs are a great way for people to learn the details of skilled industries, all while earning some money right from the start. The apprenticeship programs can be initiated by the government, by the employer or by the labor unions. If you want to create an apprenticeship program for your company, here’s how.
- Budget. Start by determining whether your company has a budget to work out an apprenticeship program. These programs will help make very skilled workers in the long run, but in the short run, the company will have to fund the classroom discussion, the trainers and the instructors for the apprentices, and will have to provide the apprentices a minimum wage as mandated by the law. In most instances, however, firms will stand to benefit better from the apprenticeship program in the long run, and should therefore consider the initial costs as investment.
- Apprenticeship terms and conditions. Next, the team who heads the apprenticeship program should create a draft of the terms and conditions that the company and the apprentices will have. In the terms and conditions, the tasks that are expected from the employer and the company instructors and teachers should be laid out in detail. The tasks and the obligations that the apprentices have should also be elaborated at his point. You should also try to specify the individual lessons that the apprentices should learn, and how these lessons will be taught.
- Classroom instructions. The class room will form an integral part of the apprenticeship program. The classroom will be where the theoretical foundations for the skills will be laid out. The law specifies that an apprenticeship program should have at least 144 hours of classroom instructions per year. If your company does not have instructors available for teaching the students, you can also contact local vocational schools that can provide you with teaching services for a small fee. These alliances and institutional relationships are great for both the vocational schools and the company in need of trainers and instructors.
- Training. After each lesson, make sure that the apprentices get to test out their theories and apply the lessons that they have learned in the classroom through actual work. Make sure, however, that the apprentices are still supervised as they engage in the practical aspect of apprenticeship. There should also be tests and other evaluative measures that will be used to assess the performance of the apprentices and how they can be better improved.
- Wage schedule. Create a wage schedule, where the increases in salary are indicated for each skill that is learned. As your apprentices get more training, it is only logical for you to give them better compensation. In the wage schedule, the exact salary equivalent of each skill should be written down.
- DOLETA. Finally, check the DOLETA or the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, which has its own apprenticeship program rules and guidelines. Make sure that you use this format when creating your own apprenticeship program.
Give workers the chance to earn and learn all at the same time by creating apprenticeship programs. These steps should help you do this.