New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) is recognized by the New Jersey Department of Labor and the United States Department of Labor as a Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor for the occupations of:
- Technical Sales:
- 1 Year Program, 2,000 hours
- Focus on Sales and Technology
- Registered with USDOL
- 156 Sales Classroom Hours
- 25 Online Hours
- Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician
- 1.5 Year Program
- 2,736 hours of OJT
- 264 hours of RTI – hybrid
- Fundamental Technical Education
- MSSC Credentials
What is Registered Apprenticeship?
As manufacturers throughout New Jersey and throughout the country struggle to find and recruit talented and skilled workers, more and more are turning to apprenticeships to develop and grow the skills of their workforce. Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job learning with related instruction in technical areas to produce qualified, highly-productive employees for careers requiring precision skills. Apprenticeship training ensures workers have the knowledge and competencies companies need for today and the future.
Registered Apprenticeship programs are designed to move an apprentice from a low or no skill entry-level position to full occupational proficiency. These programs must meet parameters established under the National Apprenticeship Act that are designed to protect the welfare of the apprentice. Upon finishing the training program, an apprentice earns a “Completion of Registered Apprenticeship” certificate, an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that validates proficiency in an apprenticeable occupation.
What is NJMEP’s role as a sponsor?
Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors identify the minimum qualifications to apply into their apprenticeship program. Program sponsors may also identify additional minimum qualifications and credentials to apply, e.g., education, ability to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation, and proof of age. Based on the selection method utilized by the sponsor, additional qualification standards, such as fair aptitude tests and interviews, school grades, and previous work experience may be identified.
Step 1: Registration
Upon execution of the contract, NJMEP will work with the client to get the company listed as a registered participating employer under the apprenticeship program. This is an official registration with the New Jersey Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which enables the company to be eligible for training funding under the program and the participating candidate to be recognized as an official registered apprentice through the State. NJMEP will provide the forms and assistance in the completion of all required documentation.
Step 2: Program Development
Although the program is a standardized apprenticeship program around the occupations of Technical Sales, and Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician, customizing the on-the-job learning help ensure the success of the program and the ability of the programs training needs to fit the needs of the company. NJMEP will work with the client to formalize and adapt the NJMEP Registered Apprenticeship for the occupation and tailor the program to meet the specific skill sets and needs of the employer.
Step 3: Selection
In parallel with the above, the NJMEP team will work with the client to finalize / formalize the requirements for entry into the program. This will include tenure on the job, job performance, etc. In addition, NJMEP will present alternatives for testing, screening and selection. NJMEP can facilitate candidate selection including the testing of all candidates for screening, aptitude and placement. The team will work with the Employer to identify baseline requirements, administer testing for all candidates and assist with the selection of Apprentice candidates.