This nondiscriminatory program is a four-year/8,000-hour apprenticeship combining paid work experience at WesTool with related course study in the technical aspects of the tool & die and mold-making trades. Those who complete the program, developed to meet standards of competence established by WesTool, will earn Certificates of Completion of Apprenticeship from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training. WesTool looks forward to hiring those who complete the program as journeypersons with all the benefits and opportunities the title entails.
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An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with classroom study and hands-on learning, with the aim of becoming certified in a trade. It is a structured program guided by standards so the employer and the apprentice know just what is expected of them.
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In a WesTool apprenticeship, you must complete on-the-job training totaling 8,000 hours or four (4) years, whichever is longer. You also must complete a course of study in subjects related to the trade for a minimum of 144 contact hours per year during your apprenticeship.
If you are accepted into the program, you will be paid a competitive hourly wage that increases every six (6) months. You’ll also receive (benefits?)
Your related courses will be taken through local community colleges. You must register and pay for your related study classes. You will be reimbursed for the course and lab fees if you earn a “C” or better. (You are not paid wages for your classroom time.) Costs for books and parking will not be reimbursed.
Classes and homework are to be completed outside regular work hours.
When you have satisfactorily completed on-the-job training and the required related instruction, the Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training, U.S. Department of Labor, will issue you a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship.
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