For Educators and Parents

Registered apprenticeships allow students to enter nationally recognized programs that will lead directly to in-demand careers while earning money and building their skill base along the way. 

Apprenticeships are all different depending on the employer and program, but may take anywhere between 1 to 6 years. Regardless of which apprenticeship students pursue, they will work in a safe and qualified facility, receive mentoring from experienced professionals, minimize debt, and start earning pay on day one while increasing wages throughout the duration of the program. 

If you’re interested in learning more about apprenticeship opportunities, continuing the conversation with your students, or getting a student started, reach out to us by calling 208-550-9296 or emailing apprenticeship@idmfg.org. You can also complete the form on our “contact us” page. A Forging Futures or Idaho Manufacturing Alliance representative will reach out to answer your questions and share the Occupational Standards for your review. From there, we will work with you to understand expectations for the apprenticeship, fill out agreements, and have match a student with your employer! 

Selection Procedures

DO APPRENTICES HAVE TO TRAVEL TO THE IMA OFFICE FOR CLASSES?

No. Apprentices have the option to take classes from an approved program of their (or their employer’s) choice.
HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

There is no cost to join the program as an apprentice. The employer is responsible for paying the apprentice’s wages and for the Apprenticeship fees with the Idaho Manufacturing Alliance. Educational credits may have additional cost associated for the apprentice unless the employer assumes responsibility for those educational costs or Fast Forward funds cover the cost. Apprentices will be able to use Financial Aid (Grants, Scholarships, Veteran Benefits, etc.) to pay for educational credits.
DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE AN APPRENTICESHIP OCCUPATION OR CAN I PARTICIPATE IN MULTIPLE?

Apprentices are not restricted from participating in multiple apprenticeships. However, due to the number of hours required by each occupation, we recommend participating in one apprenticeship occupation at a time.
CAN APPRENTICES GET CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING?

Yes. Previous experience and training must be approved by the Apprenticeship Training Committee. This training may place an apprentice further along in their program.
HOW DOES AN APPRENTICE RECEIVE EDUCATIONAL CREDIT NECESSARY IN ADDITION TO THEIR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING?

Apprentices will be required to receive additional instruction on top of their job training. This credit can be obtained through local colleges/institutions, or can be obtained through an online program (ToolingU). We recommend working with an employer directly to determine the best option for receiving credit.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE APPRENTICESHIP IS COMPLETED?

Upon completion of the program, the apprentice will receive a nationally recognized credential. The apprentice may have additional licensing requirements through the State of Idaho. Although it is not a requirement, we encourage apprentices to continue working for their employer sponsor after they complete the program.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE EMPLOYER?

The employer is required to provide appropriate training and supervision as well as maintain employment and on-the-job training records. Apprentices will be treated as employees of the company.
HOW DOES AN APPRENTICESHIP BENEFIT WORKERS?

From their first day of work, apprentices receive a paycheck that is guaranteed to increase as their training progresses. Apprentices also complete a combination of job-related instruction and hands-on training at the job site leading to a nationally recognized, portable credential. See the IMA Apprenticeship Value Proposition for more information on why an apprenticeship might be valuable for you.
HOW DO APPRENTICESHIPS BENEFIT THE WORKFORCE SYSTEM?

Connecting Apprenticeship with your state and local workforce systems is a win-win partnership. The strategy helps businesses thrive by building a highly skilled, highly productive workforce, and it helps job seekers access and maintain stable careers with good wages. Additionally, apprenticeship is a successful job-driven training strategy that can be an effective tool under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Apprenticeship contributes to positive outcomes in each of the workforce system’s performance measures:

  • Employment: Apprenticeship is a job. All apprentices enter employment when they begin an apprenticeship program.
  • Retention: Apprenticeship programs have high retention rates; 91% of apprentices retain employment after the program ends.
  • Earnings: The average starting wage for apprentices is $15.00 an hour, with wage increases as apprentices advance in skills and knowledge.
  • Credential Attainment: All apprenticeship completers earn a national, industry recognized credential.

HOW DOES ONE GET STARTED?

To apply as an apprentice, the individual must reach out to us through the Contact Us form. From there, IMA and Forging Futures will reach out to review the Standards of Apprenticeship and apply to the Forging Futures Apprenticeship Program. After we have received applications from apprentices, IMA will match apprentices with appropriate employers and vice versa.