Grant Expansion Will Enable the Program to Train More Than 300 Apprentices
The ApprenticeshipNH program has been awarded an additional grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that will extend the program through October 2020.
The extension will help train an additional 200 or more apprentices so they can advance their careers and earnings in New Hampshire, and will bolster efforts to build capacity for apprenticeships at employers across the state. This continuation funding of $847,770 will extend the grant from April 30, 2019, and brings the total investment in the program to over $2 million in federal funds.
ApprenticeshipNH Program status
The program currently supports apprenticeship programs in healthcare, advanced manufacturing and technology and is run through the Community College System of NH (CCSNH). It features onsite training at the employer locations and complimentary classroom education provided through the CCSNH campuses. To date, 11 new programs have been launched, four existing programs were expanded and nearly 100 individuals have enrolled.
“We have been able to build some great partnerships with New Hampshire businesses through the ApprenticeshipNH program and have many more under development. The additional funds and the extension of the grant will help us fully develop these and share more successful models of how employees have been upskilled into better jobs with improved pay while enhancing their skills at the workplace and in the classroom,” said Ross Gittell, chancellor of CCSNH.
New partnerships: Amphenol Printed Circuits, Manchester Community College and Catholic Medical Center
The program, which also goes under the name of EarnLearnNH, fosters partnerships such as the ones recently established between Manchester Community College (MCC) and Amphenol Printed Circuits of Nashua and Catholic Medical Center.
Amphenol, a military and commercial manufacturer of printed circuits, has its first cohort of employees going through the program to be trained as maintenance technicians. This apprenticeship program includes 606 hours of classroom instruction and 6,000 hours of on-the-job training. Apprentices will also receive pay increases over the course of the apprenticeship as they develop and retain new skills. The Medical Assisting program at Catholic Medical Center provides opportunities for the company’s existing employees in entry-level positions to transition into a career in healthcare. It includes 480 hours of classroom instruction, as well as 3,600 hours of on-the-job training.
“The ApprenticeshipNH team is very excited to know that we can continue this important work through October 2020 and build off the work done to date. ApprenticeshipNH is an important piece of the workforce puzzle. We have gained a lot of momentum and believe the model works well for companies that are looking for a structured way to help enhance employee skills,” said Emily Zeien, grant manager for ApprenticeshipNH.
The additional grant funds will support the following activities:
- Additional collaboration with the secondary schools and CTE centers around developing pre-apprenticeship to apprenticeship pathways for high school graduates;
- Aligning apprenticeships with other statewide workforce initiatives;
- Developing an “Apprenticeship Faculty Fellows” program to help build out a sustainability model for apprenticeships at CCSNH campuses;
- Conducting research to determine if the program should expand into additional sectors such as hospitality and construction;
- Continuing to focus on connecting employers with job-seekers, with a special emphasis on underrepresented populations; and
- Identifying businesses with unregistered apprenticeship programs and working with them to register their program with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.
The ApprenticeshipNH Program, housed at the Community College System of New Hampshire, is a unique effort that prepares workers as Registered Apprentices to better compete in the modern workforce. Focusing on the Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Information Technology sectors, the ApprenticeshipNH Program provides workers with invaluable opportunities to pursue highly-skilled, high-paying jobs, and opportunities for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce in NH. The program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.