Building a pipeline of talent
Getting youth exposed to the exciting career options in advanced manufacturing builds our workforce of tomorrow. Our regional innovations include career and technical education, on-the-job opportunities, apprentices and hands-on experience.
Public Schools of North Carolina
State Board of Education
Department of Public Information
Career and Technical Education
The mission of NC secondary Career and Technical Education is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy.
Curriculum - Trade & Industrial Education
Trade and Industrial Education is a secondary program to prepare students for careers in six of the ten North Carolina Career Pathways. While completing course sequences in these pathways, students participate in instructional units that educate them in standardized industry processes related to: concepts, layout, design, materials, production, assembly, quality control, maintenance, troubleshooting, construction, repair and service of industrial, commercial and residential goods and products.
As a component of career-technical education, Trade and Industrial Education provides students the opportunity to advance in a wide range of trade and industrial occupations. They are prepared for initial employment, further education at the community college or university level, and/or business ownership. The career pathways in which Trade and Industrial Education are commercial and artistic production, construction, engineering, industrial, public service and transport systems technologies. A balanced program of classroom study and practical work experiences produces competent workers who can manage resources, work cooperatively, organize and use information, understand complex systems, and apply appropriate technology. Cooperative education, internship, and apprenticeship experiences are available through the Trade and Industrial Education program.>
Opportunities to develop and apply interpersonal leadership, social, civic, and business-related skills are provided through SkillsUSA, the career-technical student organization for Trade and Industrial Education students.
As an integral part of the Trade and Industrial Education program, SkillsUSA activities enhance classroom instruction through leadership and teamwork activities. These activities directly relate to the major objectives of Trade and Industrial Education.
North Carolina Department of Labor
Apprenticeship & Training Bureau
The Apprenticeship and Training Bureau administers an apprenticeship program that helps workers learn new specialized skills needed in today's workforce. The apprenticeship program combines on-the-job training with invaluable classroom instruction. The bureau helps community colleges, technical institutions, universities and individual employers come together to provide exceptional training that gives apprentices a competitive edge in the current global economy.
The program, created in 1937, establishes by private employers or under the sponsorship of joint labor-management committees. Skilled consultants provide technical assistance, monitoring and consulting services to qualified employers willing to take on the responsibilities and obligations of program sponsorship.
Apprenticeship Information for Students
If you are a student looking for an alternative to a four-year college degree, consider apprenticeship training.
Apprenticeship programs offer the best of both worlds - paid work experience and related educational instruction. An apprenticeship will prepare you to become skilled in all the areas of an occupation, acquiring the necessary knowledge and abilities to perform the job.
Students can prepare to qualify for an apprenticeship program by working with teachers or counselors to select preparatory courses for an apprenticeship. With school guidance, you can plan coursework to obtain basic skills such as mathematics, reading comprehension and science. These courses are necessary for you to be successful in an apprenticeable occupation. In most other cases, a great deal of financial resources and energy are required to prepare for your career, but in a registered apprenticeship program, you are paid a progressively increasing wage while you learn the occupation.
If you are considering an apprenticeship:
- Remember that an apprenticeship can be as important to your career as a four-year college degree.
- Study many occupations before choosing your profession.
- Plan your coursework to support your professional interests. Talk to school or vocational counselors about your interests and abilities. Talk to parents/guardians, relatives, friends, counselors, teachers or people you know who work in the occupation, about apprenticeship opportunities.
- Search for part-time or summer employment to test your occupational interests.
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Sarah J. Jones
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Craftworker Training & Certification
Carolinas AGC offers an extensive Apprenticeship Program, registered through the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training or the North Carolina Department of Labor.
Youth Apprenticeship Program
This program especially for 16 and 17-year-old high school juniors and seniors is an industry-driven education and career training program that is based on recognized industry standards. It provides each student an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on technical training, and prepares high school students to be high performance workers and at the same time continue their education in a community college/adult apprenticeship, college, or university program. The program provides competitive pay scales with advancement opportunity while the student learns. A partnership among business/industry, education, government, parents, and youth apprentices is a means by which employers address current and projected employment needs through work-based and school-based learning.
How it works - Apprentices work on a part-time basis during the school year and full-time in the summer. After graduating from high school, the youth apprentice moves into an adult apprentice program and continues his/her education. The employer may offer permanent employment and the apprentice has the option of entering the workforce and/or continuing his/her education.
Staff/Regional Training Consultants:
VP Workforce Development
704-372-1450 ext. 5213
Director, Project SuperVISION® & Management Programs
704-372-1450 ext. 5255