Recruit, Train, and Retain Your Talent Pipeline
Launch Your Career as an AJAC Apprentice
AJAC works across the Pacific Northwest in a variety of advanced manufacturing industries—partnering with employers, colleges, school districts, community-based organizations, and workforce development centers to bring apprenticeships to the 21st century.
AJAC offers a method for transferring the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills between generations of the workforce, thus promoting the value of contributing to the next generation.
Who Is AJAC?
AJAC is an industry-driven apprenticeship organization, founded on the belief that mastery occurs on the job. Through pre-apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship and adult apprenticeship, all people have the opportunity to earn competitive wages, find meaningful and fulfilling work, and pursue lifelong learning.
We use a variety of training models to capture the fundamental skills required across many industries—matching your employment needs from Entry-Level through highly skilled Journey-Level workers.
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.
Key Industries We ServeOur Industry Experience
Our Programs & 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 fabrication to maintenance and automation, AJAC’s programs including 93% paid on-the-job training and 7% college-level classroom instruction.
10 Benefits of Apprenticeship
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 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
Steps To Becoming an Apprenticeship Partner
AJAC works as your partner in moving the following steps to adoption. From consulting on OJT design, mentorship training, to hiring qualified adults and local youth—AJAC staff will guide you through this process.
Steps To Becoming an Apprenticeship Provider
AJAC works as your partner in moving the following steps to adoption. From consulting on OJT design, mentorship training, to hiring qualified adults and local youth–AJAC staff will guide you through this process.
Our Mission. Their Story.
The success of our organization will always be more than the programs we develop. Below are stories of the individuals and companies we serve, and the inspiring journey they have taken to better their lives, their community, and their industry.
Adult Apprenticeship Success
Kailey fell in love with manufacturing after taking shop class in high school. Now she's machining parts for commercial Boeing…
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As the industry and technology evolve, Machinists, Inc. is able to take advantage of the variety of training models AJAC…
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In 2019, Washington Beef, a Yakima-based food processing company, became AJAC’s largest employer after enrolling 21 adults in AJAC’s four-year…
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Since 2010, Tim has taught 35 AJAC classes serving over 350 apprentices across all 12 machining courses—from precision measuring and…
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Juvenile Rehabilitation Success
Justice-involved men participate in AJAC's Manufacturing Academy to grow their manufacturing skills while preparing them for the workforce.
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Manufacturing Academy Success
Nick utilized AJAC's Manufacturing Academy to gain the skills aerospace employers were looking for. After graduating, he landed a job…
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Opportunity Youth Success
Truman High School students receive an opportunity to develop foundational manufacturing skills through AJAC's Manufacturing Academy.
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AJAC's Value Add
Across Washington State, advanced manufacturing employers are struggling to find new employees to fill the shoes of those leaving the workforce. AJAC supports our participating employers with innovative signature trainings, cutting-edge industry-proven curriculum and highly effective trained instructors.
How AJAC Creates A Skilled Workforce
As Washington’s largest non-profit advanced manufacturing training organization, AJAC has broad insight and access to diverse candidate pools. Ranging from High School Career & Technical Education (CTE) to worker/veteran retraining.
AJAC partners with over 300 employers to equip candidates with core industry skills to match trends impacting the labor market. You’ll gain expert guidance to help pair you with the best-suited candidates for your unique employment openings.
Last week, Congresswoman Dr. Kim Schrier contacted AJAC to learn more about our training programs in the 8th congressional district. She wanted an opportunity to meet apprentices who have excelled…
Nearly two years ago before the start of the pandemic, AJAC held its last in-person employer roundtable in Snohomish County. Since then, a dramatic shift in workforce development and skill…
AJAC is thrilled to announce we are the recipients of $1.3 million in grant funding through the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ “Aerospace Workforce Development Expansion” Grant.…
Launched annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of…