Los Angeles, CA
LA County is the third largest governmental agency in the world. The diversity of residents, businesses and cultures in LA County creates a perfect environment for employers to establish and grow robust apprenticeship programs.
A professional apprenticeship program combines full time, on-the-job work with formal training. Managers and mentors provide oversight which supports maximum apprentice productivity from Day 1. In addition to full time work, apprentices study relevant theoretical aspects of their job through on-line training courses.
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Key features of a professional apprenticeship include:
Apprentices work full time to gain practical skills and knowledge related to a specific professional profession.
Education and Training: While working full time, apprentices also receive formal on-line education.
Apprenticeships have a fixed duration, during which apprentices work towards achieving a set of competency standards. The length of an apprenticeship can vary depending on the industry and the complexity of the skills being acquired.
Apprentices work under the supervision of experienced professionals who serve as managers and mentors, guiding them through the learning process and providing feedback.
Apprentices are full time employees and paid for their work. Wages may be lower than those of fully qualified workers. The pay may increase as the apprentice progresses and acquires more skills.
Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices receive a national credential from the Department of Labor.
Los Angeles is home to a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Apprenticeship Innovation Hub. With grant funding, the Hub helps employers launch professional apprenticeship programs. This links cutting-edge jobs with untapped skills found in diverse labor pools.
Apprenticeship programs launched at zero cost
Assistance identifying talent from diverse labor pools
A reduction in new hire costs and time-to-hire
Increased retention rates with 90%+ apprentices remaining at their company after 5 years
Federal, state and local incentives
Apprenticeships are a strategic way for organizations of any size and industry to enhance their professional labor pipeline and close skills gaps.