Apprenticeship programs are a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retraining entry level employees. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that five million people will be trained through apprenticeships in 1,000 industries over the next five years. NPGA’s apprenticeships for service technicians and drivers allowed propane companies to be more competitive with other industries that are also in need of entry-level talent. As an apprenticed industry, careers in propane are considered skilled trades, allowing for ample opportunities with high school guidance counselors, veterans, and vocational learning programs.
How will offering an apprenticeship program benefit my business?
Companies that offer apprenticeship programs have a competitive advantage in hiring over those that do not. An entry level employee is more likely to be attracted to a company that pays for what is the equivalent of a college education while also being paid a wage to learn a varies of skills. Additionally, companies that offer apprenticeships have better trained, more loyal, and committed workforce.
Can my company partner with other institutions to help develop an apprentice’s skills?
Yes! Not all companies are large enough to have their own training programs or qualified employees to teach certain skills, such as commercial drivers license instructors. To help ensure NPGA’s apprenticeships are available to all company sizes, NPGA allows sponsoring companies to take into account credit for prior learning (including from honorably discharged veterans) and related instruction, such as through a community college or vocational school).
Still on the fence? Consider the following:
- Each dollar a company spends on an apprenticeship earns them an average return on investment of $1.50.
- After leaving active duty, veterans are more likely to pursue careers in apprenticed industries.
- There is ample federal and state money available for apprenticeship programs, including funds to help companies cover training and new equipment for that training. Furthermore, many states offer tax credits too companies offing apprenticeships.
- 91% of individuals completing an apprenticeship remain with their employer.
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor)
Apprenticeships: A Win-Win
|Company Benefits||Worker Benefits|
|Advantage in Attracting and Retaining Employees||Increased Skills|
|Highly Skilled Employees||Higher Compensation|
|Reduced Turnover||Nationally-Recognized Credentials|
|Higher Productivity||Career Advancement|