Learning Alliance teams up with multiple organizations to assist companies in the trade industry on adapting Apprenticeship Services and training initiatives to their company culture. Apprenticeship programs are defined by the Department of Labor as a, “…flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of any business.”
Building an Apprenticeship Program
To build an apprenticeship program, you need to plan through several needs to make your program a success. They include:
- Involvement from the Business party: every program requires business stakeholders who will be the driving force of the program. Without a committee in place, your program will stagnate and be ineffective.
- Standardized on the Job training: if your company is based in the trade industry, you probably already have a structured on the job component that your new hires go through. We can take that training and standardize it to be built as the foundation of your program.
- Related Technical Instruction: apprenticeship programs combine e-learning, instructor led lecture and hands on practice to deliver a well defined and consistent curriculum. You will need to define what your related technical instruction will be (e-learning/web based, or instructor/lecture led).
- Tiered Skill Progression: an apprenticeship program rewards the apprenticeship with continued wage growth based on fulfilled competency. You need to have these tiers and pay scales defined and tied to your related/hands on instruction.
- Nationally Approved Credentials: a formal apprenticeship program has an accreditation behind it. This national credential allows the skills your apprentices learn to translate across state lines.
Learning Alliance Apprenticeship Services
We work on two different Apprenticeship level initiatives. They are called the Florida Department of Education Apprenticeship initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship (TIRAP) program. Each one serves a specific focus.
The TIRAP Program
The TIRAP program was spearheaded by the Wireless Infrastructure Association, the US Department of Labor, telecommunications companies and industry employers. The initiative was started to help “… promote safety, enhance quality, and enable education and advancement opportunities in the telecommunications workforce that will meet network infrastructure build out needs.” – TIRAP.org
Learning Alliance TIRAP Programs
We offer two different Telecommunications (Wireless) programs that follow the TIRAP model. These programs fall in line with Tower Technician 1 standards defined by TIRAP and the Wireless Infrastructure association and account for 130 hours out of the 160 hours of related technical instruction required by the program.
Florida Department of Education Apprenticeships
We partner with St. Petersburg College, Broward College and the State of Florida to help Florida businesses adopt formalized apprenticeship programs. These programs are not specific to industry like TIRAP, so you can create a program if you meet the specific requirements to building an apprenticeship. We act as the sponsor on behalf of organizations who wish to move towards a training program. We can also connect you with multiple other training grants such as: