The apprenticeship solution

NH’s community colleges to beef up registered apprenticeships in IT, health and manufacturing


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The recent news that the Community College System of NH has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to enhance registered apprenticeship opportunities within the information technology, health care and manufacturing sectors is welcome news for workforce development in New Hampshire.

There are more than 1,000 apprenticeable occupations in industries throughout the U.S. workforce, including high-demand industries such as information technology. CCSNH’s grant will support the development of new registered apprenticeship opportunities, provide funding for registered apprenticeship related tuition and support outreach to employers who wish to expand work-based learning at their sites.

Services will be coordinated with the WorkReadyNH program already offered at New Hampshire’s community colleges, designed to help individuals build the soft-skills employers identify as necessary to workplace success.

“Exeter Health Resources has been working in a highly collaborative manner with Great Bay Community College to address workforce shortages in the greater Seacoast area,” said Chris Callahan, vice president of human resources at Exeter Health Resources, (parent company of Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians and Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice). “Our hope is that the awarding of this grant will provide greater incentive to the healthcare industry to train potential employees for careers within the healthcare sector. We see this training as the basis for lifetime employment and increased responsibility and wages over time.”

Callahan said apprenticeship programs have “a profound impact on the development of skills that will serve the residents of New Hampshire well. Imparting these skills, and the certifications or licensure that accompanies many of these jobs, will meet an immediate labor market need and help these individuals grow in the healthcare field. We support the community college system’s effort of pathway development for worker training through education and believe the apprenticeship model can go a long way toward a more efficient link between education and licensure in health care professions.”

Registered apprenticeship is an employer-driven model that combines on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction that increases an apprentice’s skill level and wages.

The Community College System of NH, at all seven of its locations statewide, is excited to offer and develop the related instruction portion for new information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing registered apprenticeships in New Hampshire.

Registered apprenticeship is a tried and tested approach for preparing workers for jobs. It also meets the needs of businesses for a highly-skilled workforce that continues to innovate and adapt over time. Businesses that utilize registered apprenticeship reduce worker turnover as a result of greater employee loyalty, increasing productivity, and improving the bottom line. Registered apprenticeships offer New Hampshire’s workers a way to begin new careers with good wages.

Registered apprenticeships have five components:

 • Business involvement

 • Structured on-the-job training

 • Related instruction

 • Rewards for skills gained

 • National occupational credential

The path to registered apprenticeship begins with employers interested in sponsoring registered apprenticeship opportunities at their company. CCSNH is working with New Hampshire’s Office of Apprenticeship and partnering with the NH High Tech Council to outreach and engage interested employers in the IT, health care and advanced manufacturing sectors. If you have an interest in developing and sponsoring registered apprenticeships, please contact me at 503-230-3534 or cpwilliams@ccsnh.edu.

For more information on Registered Apprenticeship and how your company can benefit from it, please visit dol.gov/apprenticeship.

Charlotte Williams is workforce development administrator for the Community College System of NH.

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