AJAC Youth Apprenticeship Press & Media

Washington State aerospace and advanced manufacturing employers are growing their own talent through the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) registered Youth Apprenticeship program for high school students.

On June 27, 2018, 67 newly registered Youth Apprentices signed their letter of agreement signifying a commitment to work in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries through Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC)Production Technician Youth Apprenticeship program. These 67 Youth Apprentices are employed across 30+ manufacturers and nine counties in Washington State. Youth Apprentices throughout the program will receive 15 tuition-free college credits, two high school credits, roughly $28,000 in earned income and nationally-recognized journey-level credential.

View FOX affiliate KCPQ-TV’s coverage of the event on our YouTube channel.

On October 16, 2017, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee met with the partners, community organizations and local-area employers to discuss how the first year of Youth Apprenticeship has gone.

The 30-minute meeting was used to brief Governor Inslee on how this Youth Apprenticeship program is not only benefiting our local high school students, but the employers who are in need of highly-skilled, and highly-trained workforce.

The skills-gap in aerospace and advanced manufacturing continues to grow and through registered Youth Apprenticeship, employers can finally develop a pipeline of talent at a young age, with a greater chance at retaining these future high school graduates as lifelong learners of the trade and industry.

Below is a list of press and media coverage of AJAC’s Tacoma Youth Apprentice Signing Day on April 6, 2017 at Pacific Machine in Lakewood, Washington:

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  • KOMO-TV (ABC affiliate)
  • KCPQ-TV (FOX affiliate)

View photos from the Tacoma Signing Day ceremony on AJAC’s Flickr page.

Below is a list of press and media coverage of AJAC’s Yakima Youth Apprentice Signing Day on April 26, 2017 at West Valley High School in Yakima, Washington:

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  • News Talk KIT-AM 1280 Yakima

View photos from the Yakima Signing Day ceremony AJAC’s Flickr page.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee spoke about AJAC’s Youth Apprenticeship program during his keynote address at the Aerospace Futures Alliance Conference in September 2017.

In its first year, AJAC’s Youth Apprenticeship has won two regional awards and was a finalist for a third.

Read about the recognition Youth Apprenticeship has received up to this point: