WIRE-Net knows that one of the biggest workforce challenges facing Northeast Ohio manufacturers is the lack of a skilled workforce. WIRE-Net is working with manufacturers to tackle this challenge by organizing Industrial Maintenance and CNC Machinist apprenticeship consortiums.
Source: Building Opportunities for Cleveland Residents: Aligning Demand and Supply of Professional and Technical Education — COMMISSIONED BY THE CLEVELAND FOUNDATION (SEPTEMBER 2014)
Our goal is to bring several companies together to create a plug-and-play approach where local manufacturers can rely on WIRE-Net to handle the administration and logistics of establishing an apprenticeship program.
- Manage the relationship with the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council (OSAC) so you can focus on running your business and providing the on-the-job training needed for these challenging positions.
- Organize several companies with similar talent needs. This group will compare notes and share best practices when it comes to providing the training and integrating apprenticeship into your organization.
- Manage the relationship with training provider(s) to develop a curriculum that, along with on-the-Job training provides Consortium members with a program customized to your specific needs. This will include both providing the technical classroom training and providing support as you build out your on-the-job training.
Get Started Today
You can join WIRE-Net's Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Apprenticeship Consortium (NOMAC) in four simple steps.
Sign your company up as a Consortium Member
Sign an agreement that specifies the mutual responsibilities of NOMAC and the employer.
Select your apprentices
NOMAC will ask you to determine who and how many people you would like to enroll in the apprenticeship program. NOMAC can assist you with identifying
- The best option according to your staffing and production needs
- Prospective new hires that might be a good fit for your company as a new apprentice
Once you select your apprentice candidates, NOMAC will verify that the apprentice meets the eligibility requirements. NOMAC can assist the apprentice in meeting the eligibility requirements.
Identify your Journeyperson mentor(s)
Identify mentor(s) for each apprentice who are
- Considered an expert
- Interested in sharing their knowledge and skills
- Eager to help an apprentice grow and learn
- Willing to evaluate the apprentice's skill level
Implement your On-the-Job Training (OJT) System
A critical component of any apprenticeship program is engaging the apprentice in all facets of the job under structured expert guidance.We will help your OJT trainers develop necessary skills to deliver a quality OJT experience to your apprentice and support them throughout the program.
Coordinate with NOMAC to enroll your apprentice in Related Technical Instruction (RTI)
Apprentices will be part of a NOMAC Training Cohort with preferred providers vetted by consortium employers.