Apprenticeships can help you actively close your skills gap and place skilled workers in the jobs you need to help your business grow. Reduce attrition, improve quality, production, and safety, while facilitating onboarding.
Forging Futures, through the Idaho Manufacturing Alliance, will recruit local talent that has demonstrated interest, skill, and capability to join your team.
If you’re interested in getting started, reach out to us by calling 208-550-9296 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also complete the form on our “contact us” page. A Forging Futures or Idaho Manufacturing Alliance representative will reach out and share the Occupational Standards for the apprenticeship(s) you want to offer for your review. From there, we will work with you to establish expectations for the apprenticeship, fill out agreements, and have you select your apprentice!
Frequently Asked Questions
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. Employer costs are:
- Introductory Pricing: $795/apprentice per year for members, $1,250/apprentice per year for non-members
- Regular Pricing: $1,250/apprentice per year for members, $1,750/apprentice per year for non-members
Yes. Previous experience and training must be approved by the Apprenticeship Training Committee. This training may place an apprentice further along in their program.
Prior to participating in the program, an employer participation agreement must be sent to IMA for approval (IMA will provide this paperwork to interested employers). 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.
Apprentices will be required to complete educational credit hours on top of their on-the-job training. Employers have the option (but are not required) to pay for the credit hours on behalf of the apprentice, reimbursing the apprentice for completed credits, or other reimbursement options. The apprentice could complete credits at their local colleges or through an online platform (ToolingU). **There may be grant funding available for this component.
Apprentices are to be treated as you would treat any other employee. Any benefits are to be determined by the employer upon hiring an apprentice.
Employers are not required to provide a set schedule for apprentices, however if an apprentice is participating in in-person instruction, they may have time restrictions based on their class schedule. The schedule is to be determined by the employer and the employee.
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.
If an apprentice does not complete their apprenticeship, the IMA will work to recruit and replace the apprentice. If IMA is unable to replace the apprentice, reimbursement options will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
Apprenticeships help businesses develop highly skilled employees. Apprenticeship programs also reduce turnover rates, increase productivity, and lower the cost of recruitment. Additional benefits include:
- A safer workplace that may reduce worker compensation costs, due to the program’s emphasis on safety training.
- A stable and reliable pipeline of qualified workers.
- A systematic approach to training that ensures employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest skill levels required for the occupation.
Finally, businesses may qualify for state tax credits available for apprenticeship program sponsors. Workforce systems and other community partners may also choose to contribute funding for training, supplies, or other aspects of apprenticeship programs. These benefits reduce an employer’s investment in apprenticeship training costs. See the IMA Apprenticeship Value Proposition for more information on why an apprenticeship might be valuable for you.
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.
To be considered as an employer, you must review the Standards of Apprenticeship and submit the Employer Participation Agreement to IMA (we will provide this paperwork to interested employers). After receiving applications from apprentices, IMA will work with companies to match apprentices appropriately.