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Introduction

Registered Apprenticeship is a national system that offers on-the-job training in many of today's sought-after careers through partnerships with businesses like yours.

Our nationwide network includes approximately 250,000 employers in 1,000 careers. Over the past 70 years, Registered Apprenticeship has developed millions of apprentices and strengthened America's workforce - one program at a time.



Washington Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee

In 2008, the Washington State Legislature recognized that there was a looming shortfall of aerospace workers. State and Federal funds were allocated to establish the Aerospace Joint Apprentice- ship Committee (AJAC) charged with designing, developing, and implementing apprenticeship programs for multiple aerospace and advanced manufacturing occupations and various size employers. The AJAC committee is comprised of an equal number of employer and employee representatives from different segments of the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries.

AJAC has modified the traditional class structure and design to enable its apprentices to become more productive in a shorter period of time. By participating in one of AJAC's 11 occupations, apprentices can earn a two year degree that can articulate into a four year degree. Its machining program structure allows apprentices after the first two years of the program to achieve their two year certificate as a CNC operator and after the remaining two years, a Journey-level certificate as a machinist.

AJAC engages in partnerships with city officials, representatives from Chambers of Commerce and other public officials. The AIM-MTU is a new model of apprenticeship and just-in-time technical short- term training for building Washington State's highly skilled aerospace and advanced manufacturing workforce. This 53 foot classroom on wheels travels across Washington State to employer work sites and community/technical colleges. It offers modularized training throughout the entire manufacturing and inspection process.

The Manufacturing Academy is a 10 week, workforce recruitment and pre- employment training program designed by local employers and taught by industry professionals to prepare workers for manufacturing and aerospace careers. Local employers are given first priority to hire from the graduate pool. As a result, those students have a higher probability of being hired.



United Association

The UA and its signatory contractors have developed and maintained a truly innovative and successful apprenticeship program. It embodies all 4 of the goals for 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship as identified by the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) and represents that committee's vision in every way. Our program has been at the forefront of American apprenticeship for nearly 100 years, and continues to demonstrate a dedication to the principles set forth in the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937.

Since its inception, it has successfully guided hundreds of thousands of apprentices toward a deeply rewarding career in the pipe trades, providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to become highly productive journey-workers. Furthermore, the cost of this training is almost entirely borne by the industry, so our apprentices receive a college level post -secondary education without the burden of tuition repayment. Our curriculum undergoes regular review by industry and labor experts to make sure it evolves in tandem with the industry. The collaborative approach between the UA and its signatory contractors allows us to anticipate future industry needs and expand the program accordingly, making it naturally scalable.

We ensure all our apprentices graduate with highly marketable skill sets and sustainable credentials, providing them with career opportunities for years to come. We have also developed several third-party certifications, which have set industry standards within the pipe trades. At present, there are approximately 40,000 registered apprentices training at 345 authorized training centers covering 284 registered apprenticeship programs, with more potential apprentices applying across the country every day. UA has also partnered with the US Military to create the Veterans in Piping Program, which provides returning veterans with 16 weeks of accelerated welding training, sometimes providing the training on military bases before the veteran even leaves the military, increasing their ability to immediately find work in construction careers nationwide.



US Military Apprenticeship Program

On August 20, 1999, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) and the Headquarters of the U.S. Marine Corps, to consolidate the Marine Corps National Apprenticeship Program and the Navy's National Apprenticeship Program (NNAP), thus forming the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP). On April 7, 2000, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) and the Director of Reserve and Training of the U.S. Coast Guard, adding the Coast Guard to the USMAP. The USMAP currently has 124 apprenticeable occupations registered with 63,847 active apprentices. In FY 2011, 5,388 Certificates of Completion of Apprenticeship were awarded.

The USMAP is managed by the Naval Education and Training Command. It is an opportunity for active duty military in the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard to improve their job skills and receive a Certificate of completion of Apprentice- ship from the US Department of Labor. Over the last few years, USMAP has expanded its program to include two additional apprenticeship occupations.

In FY 10, USMAP added a new Homeland Security Occupation, called the Master Homeland Security Specialist. The occupation is responsible for the effective research, development, execution, and management of a variety of security programs. There are currently 83 apprentices registered with the US Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship in the Master Homeland Security Specialist apprenticeship program.

In FY12, USMAP added another Homeland Security Occupation to its program, called the Protective Service Specialist. This occupation performs, plans, coordinates, and executes protective service missions for personnel in high-risk billets who are potential targets of terrorism. They are responsible for protective service tactics, anti- ambush operations, counter- surveillance operations, evasive driving techniques, and physical security.



Virginia's Apprentice School at Newport News

Throughout its nearly 93-year history, The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding has continued to expand course offerings, increase access to education, and offer apprenticeships in emerging fields, leading to careers with job security and the potential for advancement. Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and the Virginia Apprenticeship Council, the school's Registered Apprenticeship offers a rewarding career with a company that employs more people than the four Hampton Roads-based Fortune 500 companies combined.

Apprentices receive on-the-job learning and trade theory instruction during multiple job rotations in various areas throughout the shipyard, where they play an integral role in the design, construction, overhaul, and repair of nuclear- powered aircraft carriers and submarines. The unique combination of trade instruction, academic instruction, and waterfront experience results in graduates who possess a thorough under- standing of the shipbuilding process, authentic experience solving problems in a complex industrial manufacturing environment, and the leadership skills necessary to shepherd the company through the 21st century. All apprentices complete the World Class Shipbuilder Curriculum, a core academic program of 12 courses, during the first year of their apprenticeship. Courses include technical mathematics, applied physics, mechanics, drafting, business operations and leadership, computer applications, business problem solving, ship construction, and technical communications.

In June of 2010, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Labor, Jane Oates, visited Indiana to give the keynote address to group of Apprenticeship Graduates at the Plainfield Correctional Facility. She praised the success of the program for the opportunity it provides offenders to leave prison with documented marketable skills that will greatly enhance their chances of a successful return to society. Before the graduation, Assistant Secretary Oates met with Governor Daniels and others to discuss Indiana's US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program.

During recent years the number of articulation agreements with post-secondary educational institutions and the range of academic offerings has expanded to include associate degree opportunities in business administration, engineering, and engineering technology that transfer to local colleges and universities. The ship- yard provides up to $15,000 annually toward tuition, textbooks and fees. The rigors of the academic curriculum pre- pare all apprentices to further their education, a crucial component of career advancement.

Regardless of the path apprentices choose, they are well prepared to continue expanding their careers at Newport News Shipbuilding.