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Let's Solve the Skilled Trades Shortage

The Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program offers an unprecedented solution to our region’s skilled trades shortage in advanced manufacturing.

We Bridge the Gap

That’s what differentiates our program from others offered in high school. Using a multi-phased process, we connect students with advanced manufacturers through Matching Day Events, interviews, job shadowing and paid co-ops.

David Bradshaw from Terphane an RTMA apprentice in a modern manufacturing facility

Apprentice David Bradshaw (left) with his supervisor in a modern manufacturing facility

Launched in the fall of 2019 by the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association (RTMA) and Monroe Community College (MCC), we have already partnered with Career & Technology Education (CTE) programs like BOCES and WEMOCO, Edison Career & Technology High School, and 21+ local employers to match more than 50 high school students with job shadows and paid co-ops.

In 2020-2021, the program plans to expand to the Genesee Valley Career Tech Center in Batavia and the GLOW region, along with Wayne County Career Tech Center in Wayne and Ontario counties. Our program will also be expanding in the Monroe County area, and will be including home-schooled students in our expansion efforts.

Are you interested in a high paying, challenging career that will provide confidence and the ability to provide for your lifestyle and family?

Then apprenticeships are a career pathway for you.

Industrial Manufactruing Technician at Eastman Kodak in a modern Manufacturing facility in Rochester new York

What skills will your workforce need over the next few years? How will you replace employees who will retire during the next decade?

We help you create your next-generation workforce.

Two Eastman Kodak technicians work on equipment that the FInger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program helps support future apprentices that will work on this equipment

Preparing students to be the next generation of workers is vitally important.

We want to be part of the decision discussion when your students reach career exploration age. Let’s partner for the future.

Two Eastman Kodak Technicians Walking in a Modern Manufactruing Facility in Rochester NY that the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship program supports future employees through NYSDOL apprenticeships

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