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“Apprenticeships hold great promise in helping American workers acquire the skills they need to get good jobs while ensuring companies can attract the talent required to succeed in this fast-moving global economy.”

--Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta

Expanding Apprenticeships in America

In 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) awarded $175 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to 46 public-private partnerships, bringing together the efforts of employers, organized labor, non-profits, local governments, and educational institutions to expand high-quality apprenticeships. Grantees have pledged to train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in high-growth and high-tech industries including health care, IT and advanced manufacturing over the next five years.

The Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties was awarded $2.9 million to lead the Central NY Regional Apprenticeship Program. The grant is being used to create the first regional pre-apprenticeship program. Pre-apprenticeship will transition to new apprenticeship programs and increased participation in existing union-run apprenticeship programs. The program will serve 600 traditionally underserved populations in the State of New York.

On June 15, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) Expanding Apprenticeships in America.

“In today’s rapidly changing economy, it is more important than ever to prepare workers to fill both existing and newly created jobs and to prepare workers for the jobs of the future,” the EO states. “Apprenticeships provide paid, relevant workplace experiences and opportunities to develop skills that employers value.  Additionally, they provide affordable paths to good jobs and, ultimately, careers.”

“Since 2015, our grant has helped more than 60 companies across the central New York region train nearly 300 workers, and we’re far from done. However, we are only a temporary solution. Our grant expires in 2020, so there is no time to waste.”

--AAI Program Director Nate Crossett

Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • Helps recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce
  • Improves productivity and the bottom line
  • Provides opportunities for tax credits and employee tuition benefits in some states
  • Reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention
  • Creates industry driven and flexible training solutions to meet national and local needs
  • Allows workers to earn and learn at the same time

American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI)

The US Department of Labor is committed to creating more opportunities for hard-working Americans to get ahead by advancing job-driven training initiatives that help American workers acquire the skills they need to succeed in good jobs that are available now.

Hands-on apprenticeships, where workers earn and learn at the same time, are a proven path to good, secure middle-class jobs. In fact, statistics from the Department of Labor (DOL) show that 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs, with an average starting wage above $50,000.

The return on investment for employers is also impressive. DOL says that studies from around the globe suggest that for every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity, reduced waste and greater front-line innovation.

American Apprenticeship Grants will help expand apprenticeships into growing industries while also aligning apprenticeship with pathways for further learning and career advancement, scaling apprenticeship models that work, and providing access to apprenticeship for all of America's talent.

In Central New York, AAI is building a new sustainable regional pipeline specific to advanced manufacturing including nanotechnology, cybersecurity and unmanned vehicle systems. Providing more Americans with affordable access to education and job training opportunities will help grow the middle class while strengthening local businesses and bolstering the economy.

Participant Benefits

AAI helps high school and college students, disconnected youth, unemployed adults, minorities and veterans prepare for and secure apprenticeship opportunities. There is no charge to enroll in the program.

We provide opportunities for:

  • On-the-Job Learning
  • Job Related Technical/Classroom or Online Instruction
  • Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Employer Value

AAI helps companies registered in the apprenticeship program recruit, train, retain and develop a diverse workforce of skilled employees.  Apprenticeships create a pipeline of skilled workers to help employers prepare for the “grey tsunami,” mend the skills gap and bring their companies to the next level.

Employers who utilize apprentices report:

  • Higher productivity
  • Higher retention rates
  • A substantial return on investment

AAI can also help businesses set up an apprenticeship program!

This program is available to residents and businesses located in the following New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. 

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209 Elizabeth St.
Utica, NY 13501

Nate Crossett, Program Director
Phone: (315) 798-5036

Heather Schaap, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Southern Tier
Phone: (607) 334-2201 ext. 120

Mamie Smith, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Mohawk Valley

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AAI News & Program Updates

AAI in the News

NYS Accelerated Apprenticeship Program in Tioga County

CNY Manufacturing Apprenticeship program enters next phase

American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) Mends the Pre-Apprenticeship Skills Gap

Trades offer opportunity - and a good paycheck

Apprenticeships popular again as workers turn to trades

AAI Launches New Accelerated Apprenticeship Program

The HMO AAI grant program has partnered with the Tioga County Career Center to offer a new workforce development and training program initiative in Tioga County, NY.

The Accelerated Apprenticeship Program (AAP) offers guaranteed direct hire manufacturing jobs in Tioga and surrounding counties, and six weeks of paid training for selected participants.

The apprenticeship program will prepare participants for several advanced manufacturing positions, including work as a computer numeric controlled (CNC) machinist, maintenance mechanic, and an industrial-manufacturing technician.

The starting wage during the program is $13 per hour, with no prior experience necessary.

The successful completion of the program will allow participants to continue in a four-year NYS Apprenticeship program with built-in pay increases based on performance.

Training will begin in mid-July and concludes in August. Successful candidates will begin full-time employment at the end of August.

Manufacturers participating in the program include: Applied Technology Manufacturing Corporation of Owego, Crowley Fabricating and Machining Co. Inc. of Endicott, Crown Cork and Seal (NYSE: CCK) in Nichols, Granite Works LLC of Waverly, and the Wagner Companies, which has a location in Owego.

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AAI Creates First-of-its-Kind Cyber Apprenticeship

AAI teamed up with the Air Force Research Lab and the Griffiss Institute in Rome, NY, to create a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program for New York State in the emerging field of Information Technology/Cyber-Security. Dozens of students from across the country took part in the program, which we hope will become a model for future employers.

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Empire State Apprenticeship Tax Credit Program

Are you eligible?

The ESATC provides tax credits to certified New York State (NYS) Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program sponsors for hiring new qualified apprentices on or after January 1, 2018. The tax credit is available through 2022.

A certified employer will be entitled to tax credits against income or franchise tax for each qualified apprentice. Enhanced credits are available to employers that hire disadvantaged youth as apprentices. Additional credits are available to employers that provide apprentices with the support of a mentor. The ESATC may not be combined with any other state tax credit for the apprentice.

Who is Eligible to Apply for the ESATC Tax Credit?

To become certified, you must be a qualified employer. A qualified employer is a sponsor (or for group programs, approved participating signatory employers) of an active NYS RA program. If you are not already a NYS RA sponsor, you can contact the New York State Department of Labor to establish an RA program or contact AAI for help.

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Major Incentive Available

Registered Apprenticeships are a “global, tried, and true workforce development strategy,” says the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), which offers apprentices opportunities to earn a salary while learning the skills that businesses demand in a variety of occupations across industries.

To better respond to industry workforce demands, NYSDOL is making up to $4.1 million available until April 30, 2019, in order to expand and diversify Registered Apprenticeships (RA).The New York State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant offers eligible companies up to $5,000 per apprentice for training and/or associated costs.

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Pre-Apprenticeship Program Enrollees Begin Summer Internships

Students participating in AAI's first-ever high school pre-apprenticeship program will soon begin summer internships.

Over the past several months, nearly a dozen students learned the basics of manufacturing by taking online courses through Tooling-U.

Along with the classes, which included topics such as OSHA Basics, Shop Math, Measurements and Machine Basics, the students also participated in Soft Skills training.

Pre-Apprenticeship Coordinator Michael Briggs has led a series of Soft Skill training sessions to Pre-Apprenticeship Program enrollees, including students from Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica and OHM BOCES in New Hartford.

With the coursework complete, the students now head to their summer jobs - where they will learn real world experience from several local manufacturers, including Indium Corporation, CTM Corp and UTC Aerospace Systems.

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AACT Apprentices Graduate

Some 12 apprentices selected by local employers to participate in the AACT (Apprenticeship Accelerator Career Training) have completed their front-loaded apprenticeship instruction at OCC.

A graduation ceremony was held, and the apprentices were presented with certificates of completion.

Participating Employers:

·    Kilian

·    Selflock Screw

·    Bartell

·    Stickley

·    PPC

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