RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - It could be called the first day of their new career. This week, more than 30 North Carolina high-schoolers formally entered the Registered Apprenticeship program that allows them to learn skills on the job and in the classroom.
Apprentices earn progressively higher wages as they move through the programs, according to the Department of Commerce.
On Wednesday and Thursday, high school students formally signed their apprenticeship contracts with companies associated with the Apprenticeship 2000, Apprenticeship Catawba, and the N.C. Triangle Apprenticeship Program.
“Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular means for employers to train qualified workers,” said Will Collins, Executive Director of NCWorks in a news release. “We’re confident that these hard-working students will excel in whatever industry they choose.”
Apprenticeship 2000 welcomed13 new apprentices at Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville. Apprenticeship 2000 includes seven business sponsors that work with Central Piedmont Community College to train workers. The participating companies are Ameritech, Blum, Chiron, Daetwyler, Pfaff, Sarstedt, Siemens, and Timken.
Apprenticeship Catawba signed 12 students. Apprenticeship Catawba is a partnership between the community college, four local manufacturers, and schools in Catawba and Lincoln counties. The companies are Sarstedt Inc., Technibilt, Tenowo Inc., and ZF Chassis Components.
N.C. TAP also signed seven apprentices. The organization has seven business sponsors and also works with Wake Technical Community College. The group’s industry partners are Allied Automation Inc., ATI Industrial Automation, Buhler Aeroglide, Captiveaire, Madern USA, Schunk, and Superior Tooling.