Benefits of Apprenticeships

Employers, educators and state leaders gathered at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in April for information and insights on apprenticeships. The Apprenticeship Summit also detailed how ECTC works with employers to develop and launch these proven programs.

 “ECTC has gone above and beyond for us,” Toyotomi Human Resources Specialist Emily Richerson said at the event. Toyotomi, an automotive supplier located in Springfield, started its tool and die apprenticeship program six years ago with assistance from the college’s Workforce Solutions team.

 Apprentices train on the job full time with qualified mentors and pair that training with 144 clock hours (not credit hours) of classroom instruction per year. This blend of education and work helps companies in manufacturing and many other sectors to grow their own talent, increase productivity and boost employee retention, summit guests said.

 “It’s a life changing experience for apprentices,” Richerson said. “This is an opportunity for them to go to school and then start in the workforce making competitive wages with no student debt.”

 Summit guests noted that registered apprenticeships provide a great return on investment because employees are trained in company-specific processes and they develop a loyalty to the company as it demonstrates a commitment to apprentices’ professional growth.

Want to see how your company would benefit from apprenticeship programs? Connect with ECTC Workforce Solutions at 270-706-8700 or mikew.hazzard@kctcs.edu.