What is a training agent?
Training agents are employers responsible for employing and offering safe training opportunities to apprentices. They must pair apprentices with a journey-level machinist, pay apprentices the percentage of the average journey-level worker hourly wage respective to the level of apprenticeship they have achieved, and accommodate apprentice work schedules for the completion of related training and instruction.
What are the benefits of apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a powerful way for employers to invest in their employees.
- Employees are more productive (and generate greater profits) through proper training.
- Reduced turnover because employees feel more valued by their employers.
- Attract new, diverse employees interested in entering the workforce or enhancing their skills.
- Strengthens community partnerships with other manufacturers, education, and other training organizations.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Training agents with five or more registered apprentices must adopt an equal employment opportunity plan and selection procedure and submit the plan for state approval.
Training agents are required to ensure that recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices shall be without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex (including pregnancy or gender identity) sexual orientation, or genetic information.