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SC’s Competitive

EDGE:

Advanced Manufacturing

Within the apprenticeship

program, Apprenticeship Carolina’s

role in the partnership is to:

• Explain the apprenticeship model

to companies

• Draw up standards and training/

education outlines based on

company input

• Submit all paperwork to the

U.S. Department of Labor to get

program registered

• Assist with program updates as

needed

• Identify funding sources to fund

the model through available State

and Federal incentives

Trident Technical College’s role

in the apprenticeship partnership

is to:

• Serve as intermediary between high

schools, parents, kids, faculty/staff,

employers and other economic and

workforce development partners

• Explain to employers about

partnerships and assist them with

developing their own apprenticeship

in collaboration with Trident

Technical College and other partners

• Direct college faculty and staff on

their role in Youth Apprenticeships

• Inform economic and workforce

development partners on how they

can assist in recruiting interested

employers and high school

applicants

• Educate teachers, counselors, parents

and high school students on dual

enrollment and youth apprenticeship

opportunities for the in-demand jobs

in the Charleston region

• Connect qualified students to

employers

• Deliver technical dual credit training

to apprentices

one of their programs. Trident

Tech’s broad goal within the pro-

gram is to provide the apprentices

with the foundational knowledge

that employers can then build

upon and reinforce through appli-

cation of that knowledge.

EDGE:

Can you think of a word or

phrase that best describes appren-

ticeship… why?

JT:

“Win – Win” is the phrase

that comes to mind. Apprentices

graduate high school with a high

school diploma, two years of paid

work experience, a certificate

from the technical college and a

Department of Labor recognized

national credential.

Employers gain the enthusiasm,

energy and ideas of a young per-

son. Additionally, employers get

actual productivity from the ap-

prentice, and seasoned employees

get engaged through the mentor-

ing process. Lastly, employers are

creating the foundation for its

future workforce.

EDGE:

What do you like most

about your apprenticeship

program, and why?

JT:

The apprenticeship program

provides the perfect conduit for

young adults to succeed – an

opportunity that they may not

otherwise have had.

EDGE:

If you had the opportunity

to talk to another company about

youth apprenticeship, what would

you say?

JT:

I emphatically recommend the

youth apprenticeship program and

encourage all employers to jump

in with both feet. Don’t overcom-

plicate the process with miscon-

ceptions of what is needed within

your company to have a success-

ful program. As long as you can

keep your apprentice safe, you are

ready.

EDGE:

Is there anything else you’d

like to add about youth appren-

ticeship and/or Apprenticeship

Carolina?

JT:

My involvement in the appren-

ticeship program has been a career

highlight for me and has paid

dividends for all those involved.

However, none of this would have

come to fruition had it not been

for the hand-holding and heavy

lifting done by Apprenticeship

Carolina. They seamlessly

integrated all the steps of the

apprenticeship process into a

program, removing any hurdle that

may have been in an employer’s

path.

“I emphatically recommend the youth

apprenticeship program and encourage all

employers to jump in with both feet.”

— JEFF TEAGUE, GENERAL MANAGER OF

VTL PRECISION (CHARLESTON) INC.