JFF has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to drive the expansion of registered apprenticeship in the growing advanced manufacturing sector. Beginning in 2016, JFF has been partnering with manufacturing associations and leading innovators in apprenticeship to dramatically increase the number of manufacturing firms that are utilizing registered apprenticeship to train over 2,200 apprentices by 2021.
This builds on a previous USDOL grant to expand a new Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Registered Apprenticeship program
. Working with labor-management groups and state and federal apprenticeship agencies, JFF facilitated the development, registration, and piloting of the program and is dramatically expanding the model to reach 1,450 participants with 150 employers in eight states.
Spotlight on Success
Hayes had a long history as a manufacturer of motorcycle brakes, and it sought to extend that expertise into other automotive markets including agriculture, construction, and defense. For Hayes to diversify successfully, its workers needed to be flexible, nimble, and able to learn new product lines quickly and efficiently. But even as they diversified their product line, Hayes faced an impending wave of retirements among the baby boomers in its workforce, who were highly skilled and experienced. Facing this challenge, they turned to the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship as a critical solution.