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Hire Your Next Employee

Through AJAC's Manufacturing Academy

Apprentice learning machining

There is a tremendous need for high-quality training and connections to community resources that provide employers with skilled talent needed to fill entry and mid-level job openings.

The Manufacturing Academy (MA), sponsored by the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC), partners with the Washington advanced manufacturing industry to connect hiring employers with knowledgeable, qualified, and well-trained individuals looking to start their manufacturing career.

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Skills and certificates earned in an AJAC pre-apprenticeship program

MA provides hands-on training from industry professionals introducing key skills needed for machining, industrial maintenance, automation, logistics, and includes opportunities to develop communication, resume writing, interviewing and job application assistance.

During the 10-week program, students will learn:

  • soft-skills
  • math for manufacturing
  • assembly
  • blueprint reading
  • precision measuring
  • intro to machining and automation
  • certifications in forklift, CPR First-Aid, OSHA-10 and LEAN Manufacturing processes
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Employers who Partner Receive the Following Benefits

  • No-cost to interview or hire graduates regardless of their employment outcome.
  • Employer driven curriculum aligned with industry standards and trends.
  • Host tours and market your company to potential new employees.
  • Direct connection and insight into AJAC’s apprenticeship programs
  • Opportunities to employ competent, efficient and skilled employees
  • Lower cost-per-hire and increased employee retention
  • Exclusive access to highly-qualified, reliable and dedicated entry-level employees
Juvenile Rehabilitation student machining in Manufacturing Academy program

Populations We Serve

Through its ongoing engagement with business, AJAC recognizes that employers are hungry to find new talent, and our programs are designed to prepare individuals who are ready to invest time and effort into their career development through intensive preparatory pre-apprenticeship training.

Our programs and partnerships are also designed to serve a diverse group of underserved populations including (but not limited to) women, young adults without a high school diploma, refugee and immigrant communities, people with criminal backgrounds, and low-income working adults.

AJAC works with local nonprofits, workforce development councils, and community-based organizations to encourage underserved populations to enroll in the program and provide them with an opportunity to grow and develop tangible manufacturing skills.

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Hire Your Next Employee Today!

To learn more about our Manufacturing Academy program, including the process for interviewing and hiring graduates, please contact AJAC below.