The return on investment from an apprenticeship program can be significant. One U.S. company identified a 50 percent rate of return on its apprenticeship program, compared to hiring off the street. Their apprentice machinists were more productive and more likely to finish their work on time. The Apprenticeship Works initiative at the Robert C. Byrd Institute helps manufacturers establish registered apprenticeship programs in over 20 occupations. Manufacturers receive access to related training and detailed on-the-job training competency checklists, plus a learning management system to track apprentices’ progress. This initiative is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, making it affordable for manufacturers of any size. We currently partner with manufacturers and schools in 18 states to build and support apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing occupations. Learn more by joining us on a webinar Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. The webinar will feature Linn Yost, owner of Micro Machine Works, and Lucinda Curry, director of Apprenticeship Works. Register here. We will follow-up with details for participating in the webinar.