AJAC Apprentice Employer

Apprenticeship for Employers

Workforce Training Solutions

Apprenticeship for Employers

Workforce Training Solutions

Apprentice performing industrial maintenance duties while employed at a food processing company

Recruit. Train. Retain.

As Washington State’s largest non-profit advanced manufacturing training organization, AJAC offers apprenticeship training at little to no cost, to all employers in the manufacturing industry.

AJAC uses a variety of training models capturing the fundamental skills required across many industries to match 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.

Employer Member Benefits
Washington State apprentice usng an employer machine

What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

Washington State funded the creation AJAC (Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee), an 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.

Employers interested in offering these training opportunities to their incumbent workforce partner with AJAC to serve as ‘training agents,’ where the vast majority of the apprenticeship training occurs (93% on the job, 7% in the classroom).

Value of Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship benefits: classroom instruction + on-the-job-training + wage progression = skilled and certified workforce
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Training Locations
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Partnering Employers
12
College Partners

Key Industries We Serve

Automation and machinery industry apprentice training
Automation & Machinery
Space Exploration industry training
Space
Apprenticeship for aerospace defense industries
Aerospace & Defense
Computer Electronics industries apprenticeship
Computer Electronics
Apprenticeships for chemical industries
Chemicals & Plastics
Apprenticeships for the medical industry
Medical
Apprenticeships for the clean energy industry
Clean Energy
Apprenticeships for the food and beverage industry
Food & Beverage
Apprenticeships for the transportation and logistics industries
Transportation & Logistics
Apprenticeships for the wood and paper industries
Wood & Paper
Maritime industry apprenticeships
Maritime Manufacturing

AJAC's Suite of Programs

Woman youth apprentice at AJAC

Entry-Level Training

AJAC supports our participating employers with innovative signature training, cutting-edge industry-proven curriculum and highly effective trained instructors. AJAC’s model provides the path for you to source your next Entry-Level workers without the traditional cost burden to the employers. Our goal is to provide exceptional, responsive, cost-effective training programs to bring the next generation of manufacturers to industry.

Entry-Level Programs We Offer:

Youth Apprenticeships
Advanced Apprentice

Advanced Apprenticeships

AJAC’s dynamic workforce retention solutions are focused on transferring your occupational and collective knowledge to your next generation of leaders. We provide the training compliance process—facilitating the development of your internal candidates for future leadership roles—creating retention for your success and growth.

Advanced Apprenticeships We Offer:

Advanced Apprenticeships

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.

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Get buy-in from leadership and supervisors to launch an AJAC apprenticeship at your company.
Sign a Training Agent agreement and become an official apprenticeship training provider.
Identify an apprenticeship coordinator to be the main point-of-contact for all apprenticeship-related activities
With AJAC's guidance, develop internal policies to recruit, train, and support your apprentices.
Identify the journey-level workers who will train the apprentices on-the-job.
Recruit your employees who want to advance their careers and skill up through apprenticeship.

Steps to Becoming an Apprenticeship Partner

1

Get buy-in from leadership and supervisors to launch an AJAC apprenticeship at your company.

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Sign a Training Agent agreement and become an official apprenticeship training provider.

3

Identify an apprenticeship coordinator to be the main point-of-contact for all apprenticeship-related activities

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With AJAC’s guidance, develop internal policies to recruit, train, and support your apprentices.

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Identify the journey-level workers who will train the apprentices on-the-job.

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Recruit your employees who want to advance their careers and skill up through apprenticeship.

Apprentice learning machining

OJT Work Processes

On-the-job (OJT) training makes up 93% of an apprentices experience in apprenticeship. AJAC tracks these hours to confirm that the apprentices are rotated to ensure they get comprehensive training.

Each month apprentices track and report their hours. Additionally, there are competency-training guides, and training for mentors and apprentices to track progress.

Classroom learning

Cost & College Tuition

AJAC provides apprenticeship program management at no cost to our partnering employers. The only cost to an employer is the wages of their apprentices.

Each apprentice is responsible for tuition, textbooks, and materials required for each quarter. Many partnering employers pay some or all of the tuition (50% reduced) for AJAC classes.

AJAC (Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee)

Get Started

To start an apprenticeship program at your company or enroll new apprentices into an existing program, please complete our Getting Started Form using the link below and an AJAC representative will contact you shortly.