On Friday, March 17th, Brandon Ona, Business Services Director with the Technical College System of Georgia, Office of Workforce Development, joined MAX to discuss (1) the basics of Registered Apprenticeships, (2) how Apprentice Georgia can help employers and workforce partners, and (3) existing funding opportunities to offset the costs of apprenticeships.
Ona began with a definition of Registered Apprenticeship Programs through the U.S. Department of Labor as the U.S. model for apprenticeships that include robust and comprehensive training programs which focus on helping individuals develop into high skilled talent. He shared how these programs have six (6) essential components:
- Paid job (on Day 1)
- Classroom learning (140 hours)
- On-the-job learning (2,000 hours)
- Industry credential through USDOL
- Wage increase
Ona also spent time discussing the reasons to invest in apprenticeships (that is, the benefits to workers, businesses, and communities), steps to take for starting an apprenticeship, the available resources for supporting apprenticeship development, and more.
Special thanks to MAX board leader for this series, Daniela Perry, Vice President of the Georgia Chamber Foundation, for hosting this session.
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