Apprenticeships are a business-driven training model in which employees are hired with the intention of providing hands-on-training with a mentor and job-related training classroom instruction which combine will lead to having a highly skilled, invested employee.

The Apprenticeship model is well established and can be applied to any industry or occupation. Advance Central PA can help you connect with resources to learn more and get your idea off the ground or expand your existing programs.

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Align Training to Business Needs

Apprenticeships are structured programs designed specifically to meet the needs of the industry, business, or consortium of businesses involved. They differ from other educational programs because they are so uniquely structured to align exactly with business specifications.

When an apprenticeship is registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO), it not only standardizes the program but earns recognition among employees and your future workforce. A list of current apprenticeships is maintained by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). It is important to note that the apprenticeship model can be applied to any industry and there are always opportunities to develop new programs.

Pre-apprenticeship programs help build a pathway and a pool of talent for a Registered Apprenticeship program. Unlike apprentices, pre-apprentices are not employees. Their structured program builds skills in classroom training that can be applied to the Registered Apprenticeship requirements.

At present, Advance Central PA is directly involved in two apprenticeship programs:

  • Computer Numerical Control Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship & Apprenticeship Ecosystem
  • Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship

For more information on how Apprenticeship programs can be tailored to meet the needs of your business in Central Pennsylvania, contact Advance Central PA at