TechJobs Rule, a pilot program, is an initiative with the James A. Forrest Technology Center (Forrest Center), The Strategic Education Office of NAWCAD, The Patuxent Partnership, and some of our member companies. Talented high school students who are interested in skilled work in manufacturing and STEM fields are given paid apprenticeship opportunities with local industry and the government. These
organizations assess the demand for skilled workers in specific areas.
When there is a need for specific work expertise, paid apprenticeship opportunities are established. Students who will be entering their final year of high school, and have completed at least one to two years at the Forrest Center, are eligible to apply for these apprenticeship opportunities. There is an interview process after which, in conjunction with student resumes and academic performance, students are hired.
An individualized work plan is developed by the apprenticeship coordinator, working with the industry or government representative, for each apprentice.
TJR Forrest Center Programs include:
Aviation – Automotive Refinishing and Repair; Automotive Technology – CADD –Carpentry – Diesel Technology – Electrical Wiring – Engineering – IT Networking – Production Engineering (Manufacturing) – Welding
Cable Fabricator • Electrical / Electronics Technician • Fiberglass Fabrication • Machining • Mechanical Technician • Metal Forming Machine Operator • Painting • Production Machine Mechanic • Sheet Metal • Welding
HOW STUDENTS BENEFIT:
- While in high school, begin an apprenticeship in a high demand career field while also earning credits toward a high school diploma
• Learn from mentors who are leaders in the field and their companies
• Get valuable hands-on industry experience
• Earn money while learning valuable skills
BENEFITS TO EMPLOYERS:
- Student apprentices have had basic training and are eager to learn. • Train apprentice in areas in which your company may have a future demand.
- No retraining. Apprentices are trained in your procedures and policies without having to “unlearn” something learned elsewhere.
- Apprenticeship Coordinators who help you create the Work Plan, monitor student progress, assist company mentors and help instill and reinforce soft skills in apprentices.
- Short term hires with the option to offer full time employment to apprentices, but with no obligation after the 9 month apprenticeship.
*MaryKay Myers, The Patuxent Partnership
*Mary Jane Selph, Tech Job Rules Apprenticeship Coordinator
*Ellen Servetnick, NAWCAD Strategic Education Office