Forge Greensboro is launching a Pre-Apprenticeship position as the next development in the organization's workforce and talent development programming. The launch is timed in honor of National Apprenticeship Week, recognized from Nov. 8-14, 2020 with proclamations from Gov. Roy Cooper, City of Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and City of High Point Mayor Jay Wagner.
What is the Forge's Pre-Apprenticeship Program?
The Forge’s Pre-apprenticeship Program is a 3-4 month, earn-to-learn, on the job training program. Participants will receive wages for up to 20 hours per week at $10 an hour. Learning will include assisting mentors and staff in the day to day activities in the Forge. The pre-apprentice will be encouraged to engage in a range of skills including 3D printing, wood working, and CNC operation. However, the majority of their responsibilities and learning will focus on the Welding and Metal Shops.
Our Pre-Apprenticeship Program is designed to do a few different things for its participants:
Teach skills to prepare for an Apprenticeship program, like those offered through ApprenticeshipNC
Add marketable experience and references to their resumes
Link the participant to a full time job to continue their journey as an Apprentice
Why be a Pre-Apprentice?
The purpose of this program is to connect under-connected Guilford County residents with workforce opportunities. Participants who exhibit an eagerness to learn and who communicate well with others will be placed in a full time, paid apprenticeship through GuilfordWorks. Applicants with previous experience in welding or are currently enrolled in a welding program are encouraged to apply. The candidates work schedule will encourage enrollment at Guilford Technical Community College.
A close partnership with GuilfordWorks connects the Forge Pre-apprenticeship with full apprenticeship recognition and local employer partners, like HyFab, who are actively seeking candidates to fill their demands for skilled labor. Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center and RTriad are other active partners launching pre-apprenticeships under the leadership of GuilfordWorks. Together, they aim to match local demands for skilled labor with adults seeking new career opportunities. The program’s demographic focus is on folks who are unemployed or underemployed, veterans, youth between the ages of 18-25, women, and individuals with justice served.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PRE-APPRENTICE AT FORGE GREENSBORO?