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Apprenticeship 2000: One North Carolina program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, is Apprenticeship 2000, a 4-year technical training apprenticeship program. Apprentices invest 8,000 hours in training which includes 1,800 hours of classroom work. Participants earn an associates degree in Manufacturing Technology and a journeyman’s certification from the participating state’s Department of Labor. Apprentices are guaranteed a job after graduation.
Each year in North Carolina, Apprenticeship 2000 recruits from 27 high schools in six surrounding counties and from the existing workforce of the participating companies. Apprenticeship 2000 is now training its 11th group of apprentices. The program currently has a total of 45 apprentices participating among the five companies.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) provides a list of contacts to help you locate apprenticeship opportunities near you. Information is also available by subscribing to DOL's Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer, and Labor Services' (ATELS) e-mail subscription service.
Click here to access updated information on the revised federal regulations for the National Apprenticeship System.
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Employers may also want to read “The ROI for Manufacturing Training”, an article written by Modern Machine Shop, that explains why manufacturing skill training is a good investment. Click here to download the PDF file