Aerospace/Aviation and Advanced Manufacturing Employers
What ROI can my company get with apprenticeship?
Learn what kind of Return on Investment (ROI) Washington State’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing employers have received from participating in AJAC’s apprenticeship program.
Washington State funded the creation of the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC), an aerospace/aviation and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program, to offer Washington State employers a proven method to capture the knowledge and skills of their most experienced tradespeople and pass it on to the next generation of productive employees.
According to employer and industry need, AJAC and its advisory committee, comprised of employers and employees, have developed and implemented the following registered apprenticeship programs:
- Machinist (Aircraft-Oriented)
- Aircraft Mechanic Airframe
- Precision Metal Fabricator
- Tool & Die Maker
AJAC is also developing registered apprenticeship programs for Aircraft Interiors Assembly Mechanic, Composite Manufacturing Specialist and Maintenance Mechanic.
AJAC’s apprenticeship program provides a number of benefits to employers that results in a sound return on investment:
Reliable and Loyal Employees
Positive Return on Your Investment (ROI)
** Over 80% of companies participating in an apprenticeship program in the U.S. say apprenticeship has helped them meet their demand for skilled workers. Apprenticeship enables employers to train employees on-the-job and pass along the knowledge of the trades to create a highly skilled workforce and allows companies to stay competitive in their industry. The AJAC apprenticeship program works with you to ensure your workforce is nimble and responsive to the ever-changing business climate. As an AJAC employer in the program, your benefits include:
- No hassles. The apprenticeship training coordinator and committee manage the training program
- Easier recruiting as apprentices are drawn to the many benefits of apprenticeship programs
- Pre-screening. Provides an effective way to screen new employees, both during and after the program
- Probationary period to make sure the employee fits the employer´s needs
- Increased worker safety. Classroom study, coupled with on-the-job training, helps workers better understand their jobs and their accompanying risks, and helps them avoid job-related injuries, saving employers time and money
More information can be found on the Benefits of Using Apprentices and the Apprenticeship Program at the Washington State Labor and Industries Apprenticeship website.
AJAC serves any Washington State aerospace or advanced manufacturing company, including small and large shops as well as union and non-union affiliated shops. Companies across Washington State who participate as registered Training Agents with AJAC can enroll current employees in an existing AJAC program. If a company has 15 or more employees that need training in one of AJAC’s currently registered occupations, AJAC can create a new program exclusively for that company.
*Statistics from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. All dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars.
**Statistics from the Urban Institute Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. March 2009
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- AJAC’s Benefits
- Machining (Aircraft-Oriented) Program Outline
- Precision Metal Fabrication Program Outline
- Aircraft Mechanic Program Outline
- Tool & Die Maker Program Outline
- AJAC’s Outcomes and Accomplishments
- AJAC Brochure for Employers
- Training Agent Participation Form
- Training Agent EEO Agreement