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Why Start an Apprenticeship Program?

Apprenticeship puts your company's need for a skilled workforce in your hands. Apprentice training is a perfect blend of training coupled with work and productivity. Train the kind of employees you want working for you with on-the-job training and classroom instruction, this combination puts employees' skills and knowledge into practice immediately. 

Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • Highly Skilled Workforce. On-the-job training along with job-related educational instruction gives employees a full understanding of their job. Employees clearly see the impact their actions have on such important measures as productivity, quality, safety, and customer service.
  • Standardized Training. Employers have an opportunity to build a structured, consistent training program that ensures reliable workforce performance that meets both organizational and industry standards.
  • Reduce Turnover. Employees brought up in your company are more likely to stay with you.
  • Increase Productivity. As apprenticeship participants hone their skills they have a deeper understanding of their jobs and use this knowledge to best meet the business needs of your organization, this boosts higher quality levels and productivity.
  • Earn a Return on Your Investment. Registered apprenticeship ensures a system structured to successfully facilitate the transfer of knowledge from experienced employees to new recruits. With a highly skilled workforce, your production increases making your company more competitive and in return means more profit.

How to Get Started

The first step in starting an apprenticeship program is to contact a New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions apprenticeship representative. Next, is the development of the apprenticeship program. State Apprenticeship Office staff will work with you every step of the way as you develop the program and will provide technical assistance and guidance throughout the process. Finally, your program must be formally approved by the State Apprenticeship Office to train apprentices.   

Regional apprenticeship representatives are available to help you through the process:

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    Applications Developer?

    Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency.

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    Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems.

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    Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.

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    Perform preliminary work with the material and tools of the trade; residential and commercial rough wiring and finish work including the installation of various kinds of wires, cables, and conduits per the National Electrical Code; industrial lighting and service installation; motors controls and installation including emergency generators, relays, and timing devices.

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