Why Apprenticeship? (for EMPLOYERS)
Welcome to CTMAA - you're in good company. More than 70 California machine shops and OEM employers have sponsored nearly 90 apprentices during just the last five years.
If you're considering whether to sponsor an apprentice for the first time, consider these benefits:
- The Big One - Productivity: It stands to reason - a program that combines access to classroom training AND day-to-day practice & supervision by your 'expert' machinist makes employees who are happier, better skilled - and much more productive.
- Faster, surer, fewer false starts: More CTMAA employers hire from within, as well as outside the firm. Why? Someone who works for you now, has proven reliability and has the aptitude and desire to move up from a lower skilled job; who is willing to make the personal commitment to attend school at night or on the weekend - is destined to be more successful.
- Low IMPACT on your business: Apprentices work for you, full-time, earning their pay, while going to school nights or weekends to add new skills. They work under supervision, their responsibilities steadily increase - and their value to your business grows as their wage earned grows - Each of you has "skin in the game".
- Low Cost: Including apprentice fees, college tuition and fees for one class each semester, the cost per apprentice is typically less than $2000 per year.
- Effective: All "training" programs are not alike. CTMAA is directed by active, practicing shop and business owners who know from their own day-to-day experience which skills - and what performance tests - are necessary. We utilize STANDARDIZED NIMS testing and projects over and above what is required by each College - to assure each apprentice is truly capable of the skills you expect.
- Proven: It's nice to know that of the 400 apprentices graduated during our history, about one-third are now supervisers of younger machinists!
- Loyalty: CTMAA apprentice graduates 'attrition' rate is just about one-half of the industry average. This means your investment is justified.