What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship
 is a proven training program that is used as a talent development strategy for recruiting, training and retaining World-Class talent and has been used in industry for decades. Apprenticeships are a work-based learning model where apprentices have supervised on-the-job training, along with job-related education, all while working full-time and earning a wage that increases during the progression of the program. Apprenticeships are registered and validated by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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What are the Benefits for Employers?
Apprenticeship programs allow employers to recruit, train and retain workers to help build their workforce.  In addition to highly-skilled employees, employers also benefit from:

1. Increased productivity and worker versatility,
2. Reduced turnover costs,
3. A safer workplace, and
4. Enhanced employee retention.

Typically, apprentices remain loyal to a business because they recognize the fact that the company has invested time and energy to help them achieve their career goals. Most companies see a 94% retention rate after an apprentice completes its program. Apprenticeships also have a great "Return on Investment" or ROI for companies with programs.  It is estimated a company's ROI is $1.46 for every $1 invested. 

What Support is Available?
The Northwest TN Workforce Board and a Regional Apprenticeship Director with Apprenticeship TN are available to assist employers and sponsors with:

1. Designing and implementing a program that benefits everyone involved.   
2. Updating existing programs.
3. Identifying curriculum and training providers.
4. Recruiting new talent, including developing pre-apprenticeship programs.
5. Setting apprentice pay scales.
6. Working with the U.S. Department of Labor on registration and reporting.

Additionally, financial assistance is available for on-the-job learning through On-the-Job Training (OJT) grants which can reimburse up to 50% of new hire’s wages during a specified training period, typically up to 320 hours. Scholarships of up to $4,000 per year for up to two years are also available to assist with the job-related education and classroom training. 

Financial assistance may also be available for pre-apprenticeship programs for young adults. A pre-apprenticeship program is coursework or training designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a registered apprenticeship program. Once the participant completes the pre-apprenticeship program, he or she typically has the opportunity to interview for a registered apprenticeship program. A pre-apprenticeship program, by definition, has a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program.

For more information or general inquiries, please contact the Business Services Representative for your county:

Benton, Carroll, Gibson, Henry, and Weakley Counties
Maleia Evans, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (731) 325-5836

Crockett, Dyer, Lake, and Obion Counties
Lana Wood, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (731) 882-1162

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