Apprenticeships in Motion
In July 2019, the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia was awarded a nearly $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to create Apprenticeships in Motion (AIM). The program's mission is to train and place apprentices in middle- to high-skilled information technology (IT) occupations that are in increasingly high demand across the Mountain State.
With priority for small businesses, AIM connects employers with students through colleges, allowing apprentices to take technical courses while gaining paid work experiences. The student pay is shared by the company and AIM, with students receiving at least $12 per hour to work in an IT field such as coding and cybersecurity.
Could AIM be right for your business?
Apprenticeships are a known solution for attracting and retaining a skilled workforce. Businesses that incorporate apprenticeships into their practices have a competitive advantage due to their long-term investment in a skilled workforce. Customized training and education create the right-skilled workers and result in cost savings in employee recruitment, training and retention. Apprenticeships also create a pipeline to middle- and high-skilled positions within a company, allowing incumbent workers to advance to positions otherwise left unfilled.
How does AIM help students?
Apprentices gain success through real-world, on-the-job training and related technical instruction - “earning while learning” through paid cooperative experiences offered by their colleges and partnering companies. Though job placement after graduation isn't guaranteed, similar programs in West Virginia often result in at least 90% of graduates being hired by the companies that train them.
Want to learn more about a partnership through AIM?
Contact the Apprenticeship Coordinator closest to you:
Asala Willis - Eastern West Virginia, covering the service areas for Blue Ridge CTC and Eastern WV CTC. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Randolph - Central West Virginia, covering the service areas for WVU Parkersburg and BridgeValley CTC. Email: email@example.com
Michael Goddard - Southern West Virginia, covering the service areas for Mountwest CTC, Southern WV CTC, and New River CTC. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TeAnn King - Northern West Virginia, covering the service areas for WV Northern CC and Pierpont CTC. Email: email@example.com