Panorama Community Schools

Apprenticeships (Get an A+ as a life option after HS)

What is an apprenticeship?
  • An Immediate Job with benefits - Dept of Labor "What is a registered apprenticeship?"
  • View Iowa Workforce Apprenticeship brochur
  • REGISTER TO SHARE YOUR INTEREST IN ENTERING AN APPRENTICESHIP with state at = https://www.earnandlearniowa.gov/interest
  • Paid employment with on-the-job training which may include scheduled classroom or college coursework which typically takes 5-6 years to complete.
  • Apprentices aspire to earn a journeyman certificate for higher wages and ability to become self employed.
  • Most apprentice positions require person to have a HS Diploma, 18 years of age, National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC test ), & pass drug screening
    • NCRC test is also ACT's "Work Keys" test, so you can practice for it on this ACT Work Keys Test Prep webpage for free! At Panorama we take the first three parts list on the linked page.  
    • Click red links below for practicing at different test levels:
    • Panorama gives the NCRC exam to interested Juniors and Seniors each school year (let the guidance office know you want to take it)
      • You can ask our business teacher, Mr. Druivenga, what this test is like; he took in 2014
      • Panorama offers this exam in November and February to students and interested adults (free service until announced)
 
Use search tool with Iowa Map for Registered Apprenticeships you may want to seek employment with -  https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/registered-apprenticeship 
 
See Current Job Openings (most are apprenticeships) you can apply for employment after HS or college in Iowa & surrounding areas at  https://www1.iowajobs.org/apprenticeship/pages/jobOrders.face (below graphic on 10/6/2016)
 
Job Title
WSL Order
Date
Location
Employer
 
WSL718
1/8/15
PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS TRAINING CENTER
 
WSL1047
1/8/15
IOWA STATE TROWEL TRADES JOINT
 
WSL1240
1/8/15
FOSTER HTG & AIR CONDITIONING INC
 
WSL714
1/8/15
BOILERMAKERS LOCAL EIGHTY THREE
 
WSL715
1/8/15
BOILERMAKERS LOCAL EIGHTY THREE
 
WSL744
1/8/15
LOCAL #234
 
WSL717
1/8/15
OPERATIVE PLSTRS-CMNT MSNS INTL#21
 
WSL716
1/8/15
BOILERMAKERS LOCAL EIGHTY THREE
 
WSL1025
1/8/15
HEARTLAND HEATING AND COOLING LLC
 
WSL928
1/8/15
TOTAL FIRE PROTECTION
 
WSL825
1/8/15
SHEET METAL WORKERS' LOCAL 45
 
WSL746
1/8/15
HEAT AND FROST INSULATORS-LOCAL #74
 
WSL712
1/8/15
LOCAL UNION #33
 
WSL733
10/15/13
CARPENTER'S LOCAL #106 JNT APPR CL
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Apprenticeships' Advertisement of Apprentice Openings
  • Service Legends, Des Moines (HVAC = heating, ventilation, air-conditioning) - webpage for current apprentice job openings, once journeyman certificate achieved earn $33/hour ($33/hr x 40hr work week x 50 week work year = $66,000)
 
The following apprenticeship companies have recruited Panorama HS seniors at one time or another -
They are examples of "Middle Skill Jobs" that hire trained or untrained people, then provide them specific training, so wages increase as certification and skills increase for the employee. Iowa Workforce Development champions these kind of job and educational providers as the type of jobs more HS students need to consider - due to the labor market trends of our geographical area (Statistics on file below - WesternIaCollegeJobTrends-Carroll2014.pdf). 
 
  • Local 33 Plumbers & Steamfitters http://www.ua33jatc.org/
  • Proctor Mechanical Corporation, contact Deborah Warner (dwarner@proctor-mech.com, ph 515.283.3829), 1100 Hoak Drive, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265, www.proctor-mech.com
    •     V.P. Thomas Proctor visited Panorama 03/16/2016 to share the trades industry in general has aging workforce and needs employees. His company cooperates with ABC of Iowa to educate their employees in an apprenticeship program.  They are interested in 18 year old HS graduates who have interest/willingness to learn the plumbing trade. Most of their customers are new schools, hospitals, and companies.  Cautious graduates may work for the company as a summer employee to experience the company to help them decide whether or not to apply for full-time employment with benefits in their apprenticeship program. Once employed, apprentices pay for half of their education costs, then once certifications are earned through the education and the employee agrees to stay with company - the company will then pay back the employee those education costs (essentially, free education plus salary & benefits). 2 page brochure with CWebner's notes from mtg.
  • NAI Electrical Contractors, contact Tom Nervig, Human Resource Manager; 728 E Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010, phone 515-232- 8606, fax 515-232-4012, http://www.nai-ames.com/.
    •     Has hired Panorama people in their apprenticeship program
  • Union Pacific (railroad related apprenticeships) - employee positions in Iowa and across country
  • Des Moines Electrical Apprenticeship
    • Apply for this electrical apprenticeship at http://www.dmelejatc.org/ as encouraged by their Director of Training, Steve Hansen
    • Iowa Electrical Code requires all electricians to license with the state. New code requires those who do not already hold a journeyman’s license to qualify by completing a US Department of Labor (DOL), Registered Apprenticeship Program. There are 10 DOL Registered Joint Apprenticeship Training Communities (JATCs) currently training apprentices in Iowa. The IEA is training 6 of the 10 (those JATCs are: Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City, & Waterloo/Cedar Fall). A licensed journeyman earns $30.00 per hour with superior healthcare and pension benefits. Earn DMACC college credit while being paid to become certified with IEA. (Nov/2011 message from Ron Pinegar, Dir. of Training, Iowa Electrical Training & Educational Trust)
 
More examples of Iowa Apprenticeships
PlumbHVACApprenticeship2015 flyers (at bottom of page)
6919 Vista Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Ph: 515-282-8192; email: apprenticeship@phccia.org
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News, Recent Apprenticeship History in Iowa's Apprentice Development
See List on all of Iowa's Registered Apprenticeships Employers (excel file link shown on bottom of this page).
Let Iowa Workforce Development know what apprenticeship you are looking for by filling out this Apprentice Request Form .
Iowa & U.S. Department of Labor webpage links encouraging young people, businesses, and communities to use apprenticeships:
Paycheck right away
Hands on Career-Training
An education with little or no debt
National certification 
News
Gazette, June, 2016 - Iowa Workforce Development uses grant to bridge the workforce gap with federal money in apprenticeship areas - health care, information technology, and advanced manufacturing  
Branstad signs the Iowa Apprenticeship and Training Act into law, May 27, 2014, Office of the Governor of Iowa webpage, giving money for the creation and publicizing of apprenticeships in Iowa.
U.S. Treasury has given Iowa $13 million since 2010 for apprenticeship programming in Iowa, Iowa Workforce Development gives money to community colleges and companies who train and hire apprentices - Des Moines Register, Nov.2015