Apprenticeship is a proven method of workforce training that focuses on filling the skills gap between our most highly skilled tradespeople and the next generation. It combines supervised on-the-job training with college-level classroom instruction, enabling apprentices to earn while they learn and employers to increase their workforce skills without disrupting production.

The many benefits of the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) include:

  • A comprehensive apprenticeship program that includes attracting and supporting underrepresented people
  • Developing and assisting employers with implementation of a structured On-the-Job Training (OJT) System
  • Integrated competency-based learning that correlates directly to the on-the-job training portion
  • Identifies and works with partners across Washington State to help implement innovative training that establishes career pathways from K-12 through master craftspeople
  • Mobile training to support apprentices and incumbent workers
  • Partnerships with others to design and implement pre-employment training programs, helping students to secure entry level employment in the advanced manufacturing industry
  • Incorporating clean technology, safety practices and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) into all curriculum
  • Collaboration with stakeholders and affiliates to implement best practices and real world applications
  • Enabling apprentices to earn a two-year degree that can articulate into a four-year degree
  • Partnerships with veteran benefits organizations to help veterans access GI Bill funds for apprenticeship
  • Recruiting current industry professionals as instructors, who are masters at their trade
  • Providing instructors coaching and training from an experienced trainer in technical education
  • Training mentors on the best practices for transferring knowledge to the apprentice during on-the-job training (OJT)
  • Partnerships with the FAA and other certifying agencies to enable apprentices to achieve multiple certifications
  • Partnering with Washington State Aviation Maintenance Technical Schools (AMTS) to create one common integrated curriculum

To find out more about AJAC or start an AJAC apprenticeship program at your company, contact AJAC at: 206-764-7940 or or online.

To find out how you can become an apprentice, visit AJAC’s Get Started Section.