Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Teens
We are so excited to have teens in Federal Way taking part in our second round of Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeships. Thanks to a partnership with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) and Truman High School, 17 young people are participating in a 13-week work-based learning experience that transitions youth into entry-level advanced manufacturing jobs and other apprenticeship pathways.
The curriculum includes gaining CPR, first aid, and OSHA certifications – industry recognized credentials that prepare participants for manufacturing jobs in industries such as aerospace, machinery manufacturing, food processing, and bio-medical services.
Research demonstrates that youth ages 16 to 24 face historically higher unemployment rates than older adults. The pandemic accelerated this even more, with the risk of affecting a whole generation of workers.
Support from Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council, Bank of America, and KeyBank enables us to run this program. We are currently seeking funding to expand the program to our Renton/Skyway Club in 2022 so more youth can participate.
Pre-apprenticeships are part of YouthForce, a Boys & Girls Clubs of King County program that prepares youth for job readiness.