NIMS Wins Federal Contract to Grow Apprenticeships in Manufacturing

Initiative will enable more companies to provide students and workers with skills for success.

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The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing.

NIMS will work with industry, workforce and education partners to increase access to apprenticeships and assist employers in developing new programs that reach diverse talent pools. As part of this initiative, $500,000 is available to support companies in establishing a registered apprenticeship program with the Department of Labor.

Jim Wall, executive director, NIMS, says, “This contract gives us the unique opportunity to create more impact in our industry by expanding apprenticeships to underrepresented populations and to new companies looking to establish a sustainable talent pipeline.”

NIMS will focus on providing companies with tools and resources to develop customized registered apprenticeship programs. These programs combine on-the-job training with job-related classroom instruction and meet national standards for registration with the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agencies.

As part of the contract, NIMS will support the expansion of registered apprenticeship programs by:

• Equipping companies with the necessary information to design and implement a registered apprenticeship program;

• Supporting companies and industry groups in completing the registration process; and

• Creating new avenues for employers to share best practices on the creation of registered apprenticeship programs.

NIMS is seeking companies and education and industry partners that are interested in enhancing their talent pipelines through apprenticeships. Companies that are interested in building an apprenticeship program or organizations that are interested in partnering with NIMS should go to mfgapprenticeship.com or email the NIMS ApprenticeshipUSA team at apprenticeship@nims-skills.org.