If you are an employer looking to start an apprenticeship program, the initial step is to get in contact with an ApprenticeshipNC Regional Specialist. These experienced consultants can help you and your business develop a customized apprenticeship program that will meet your needs and goals. This map shows consultant regions across the state.
Before contacting your ApprenticeshipNC consultants, however, it is helpful to think about a few characteristics of your business. The following questions will expedite the process of starting an apprenticeship program:
What industry are you in?
Apprenticeships in North Carolina exist across a wide range of industries. Apprenticeships are especially prominent in manufacturing and construction. Recently, however, medical and utility industries are also increasingly offering apprenticeship in an effort to streamline the entry of much needed talented employees. If your business does not fall under the aforementioned industries, do not worry as ApprenticeshipNC consultants are constantly looking to expand apprenticeship to new professional fields.
How big or small do you want your apprenticeship program to be?
Businesses of all sizes, ranging from family-owned to multinational corporations, are realizing that long-investment potential that apprenticeships bring. As a result, North Carolina has apprenticeship programs of varying sizes, ranging from only one apprentice every year to a couple dozen annually. An important consideration when determining the size of your planned apprenticeship program is that apprenticeships require veteran workers to mentor novice apprentices, which that may cause a short-term decrease in productivity. Therefore, many businesses decide to start small and grow over time as they optimize their apprenticeship programs in terms of efficiency. In addition, an apprenticeship program is an investment. and the training and education of a single apprentice can cost upwards of $100,000. Fortunately, ApprenticeshipNC consultants can help lower costs and increase your return on investment using state grants and governmental codes. On average, a graduating class of an apprenticeship program has about 17 apprentices.
How long will your apprenticeship program last?
The duration of apprenticeship programs can vary greatly between industries. For instance, an apprenticeship in transportation can last as little as one year, while an apprenticeship in IT project management can last as long as four years. Generally, the duration of an apprenticeship program is tied to the technical level of the duties, but all apprenticeships will see a return on investment to the employer and the employee. Be sure to look at other existing apprenticeship programs in your respective industry to establish the appropriate duration of your apprenticeship program. It also may be beneficial to coordinate with your local community college, as you will be working with the college to create your customized education curriculum.
To start developing your program online, please start here: ApprenticeshipNC Interest Profiler