Principles of ApprenticeVA
Through registered apprenticeships, we are working to build a pipeline of workers to help move Virginia’s manufacturing and information technology industry forward.
Skilled Worker Shortage
There is currently a shortage of skilled Information Technology (IT) and Advanced Manufacturing (AM) workers in Virginia.
The partnership colleges of ApprenticeshipVA are providing high-quality pre-apprenticeship courses, customized training and traditional credit courses that will prepare and grow the region’s workforce.
About the Program
Through ApprenticeVA, the CCWA and partner colleges are providing high-quality pre-apprenticeship courses, customized training and traditional credit courses for use as part of registered apprenticeship programs that will train and grow the region’s workforce.
ApprenticeVA provides many benefits for our region’s manufacturing employers and employees. Through our strong relationships with top manufacturing employers and the Virginia Manufacturers Association, we’ve created an unmatched apprenticeship curriculum. In addition to credit courses and other employer specific material, this curriculum is used to create and implement registered apprenticeship programs, tailored to each partner employer’s workforce needs.
Southside Virginia Community College
Community College Workforce Alliance
Danville Community College
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