AJAC offers three main programs to individuals looking to advance their career: Pre-Apprenticeship (Manufacturing Academy), Youth Apprenticeship, and Adult Apprenticeship.
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Who Is AJAC?
AJAC is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 to skill up the advanced manufacturing workforce through registered apprenticeship.
AJAC’s Training Efforts Focus on Three Key Areas:
- Adult apprenticeship programs for individuals currently working in industry.
- Youth apprenticeship programs for high school students
- Pre-Apprenticeship programs for individuals looking to gain foundational manufacturing skills
With advancements in machinery and automation, we address the needs across assembly, production, processing, machine automation, machine operations and maintenance; from raw materials whether they are grown or mined, to finished goods.
AJAC operates in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in a variety of advanced manufacturing industries to bring apprenticeships to the 21st century.
We Partner With:
- Advanced manufacturing companies to offer our apprenticeship programs to their employees.
- Community and technical colleges to ensure our classroom training is college accredited.
- School districts and skills centers to offer Youth Apprenticeships to high school students.
- Community-based organizations to secure funding streams and support services for the individuals we serve.
How AJAC's Apprenticeship Works
Once an individual agrees to enroll in a program, AJAC works closely with the employer and employee to go over responsibilities, on-the-job training competencies, and college-level classes.
Apprentices are enrolled in AJAC’s classes taught at local community/technical colleges and/or online. Classes are college accredited, held one night a week for four hours. Most apprentices have the summer quarter off.
Apprentices work full-time as paid employees throughout the duration of the apprenticeship while receiving one-on-one mentorship and wage progressions.
Apprentices submit their on-the-job training hours each month through AJAC’s online Apprentice Tracking System. Employers review these hours and approve them on a monthly basis.
Once an apprentice has met their required on-the-job training hours and passed all of their college-level classes, they will receive a journey-level certificate through the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.
AJAC's Training Programs
The Manufacturing Academy, AJAC's registered Pre-Apprenticeship program, offers a solid foundational career pathway into advanced manufacturing apprenticeship opportunities. Our programs are currently offered online and in-person across Washington State.
AJAC operates the Manufacturing Academy at no-cost through grant funding that focuses on encouraging women, people of color, displaced workers, and low-income individuals to develop manufacturing skills and obtain living wage jobs.Learn More
AJAC's Youth Apprenticeship programs are designed for high school juniors and seniors to develop career-ready skills in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries.
These apprenticeship programs combine paid on-the-job training at an AJAC employer and college-level classroom instruction which can lead to a high school diploma, journey-level card and short-term college certificate.Learn More
As an adult apprentice, you work at a full-time job while training with a mentor and earning wages + benefits. In addition, you attend classes typically one night a week at a local community or technical college to learn the theory behind the training.
Within two to five years, you earn a Journey-Level Certificate, enabling you to work anywhere in the U.S. as a master tradesperson.Learn More
Meet Our 300+ Partnering Employers
AJAC partners with 300+ advanced manufacturing companies across Washington State, Oregon and Idaho to offer a variety of training opportunities for their employees. 93% of each apprenticeship program is spent developing skills on-the-job at one of these participating employers.
AJAC's Apprenticeship Occupations
AJAC provides apprenticeship training for 13 high-growth, in-demand apprenticeship occupations to serve high school students and adults across Washington State.
From machining and CNC programming to maintenance and logistics, AJAC’s programs vary from entry-level programs (18-months) to more advanced programs (4-5 years).
Apprenticeship for Employers
AJAC is funded to develop, create, and implement no-cost apprenticeship programs for manufacturing employers in Washington State, Idaho and Oregon.
93% of each program is on-the-job training at your company, on your machines, using your work processes. 7% of the program is college accredited classroom instruction delivered by industry professionals to teach the theory behind the skills learned on the job.
Send Us Your Question About Apprenticeship
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