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For Educators

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

By partnering with local businesses through the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program, your school district can help build our region’s manufacturing workforce through hands-on opportunities for learning and growth.

A Strong Partner

In the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program, high school curriculum is paired with dual enrollment through local community colleges like Monroe Community College, giving students a head start on post-graduation credits.

FLYAP signing dayBecause high school completion is a program requirement for all NYSDOL registered apprenticeship programs, the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program is a strong partner in supporting each student’s academic success.

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

Have a question? Please contact the FLYAP.

Frequently Asked Questions

A structured training program audited by NYS DOL for compliance with postsecondary requirements, with an “earn while you learn” on-the-job training platform and a nationally recognized credential upon completion.

NYS does not recognize youth apprenticeships yet, so this program mirrors exactly the trade outlines and related instruction requirements that a NYS registered apprenticeship program requires. This allows the students to get credit for the related instruction (school), and the on-the-job training “earn while you learn” portion of the program allows them to enter the NYS apprenticeship program with credit and to complete the program earlier then those who do not go through this program.

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Dual enrollment with community colleges. Please contact Michael J. Smith of MCC’s Economic & Workforce Development at for more details.

Mechanical aptitude activities that teaches safety, OSHA, Machining, Electricity or general shop and manufacturing practices all can be applied. STEM programs and any technology classes and any other classes that expose kids to measuring, programming or making things are encouraged and helpful.

Although there are no requirements that states a student must participate in a BOCES or CTE program to be eligible, it is no secret that the experience (both hands-on and in-classroom) at a BOCES or CTE is what we call the Golden Road to apprenticeships. Ultimately, it is how the student interviews during Matching Day and how they communicate their plans for their future that will help the employer decide who they choose.

We have seen varied involvement from each school. Primarily we would like to have access to the students, instructors and/or work-based coordinators so we can educate them on the program as well as overall opportunities in advanced manufacturing and apprenticeships. Assisting the vetting of the students for GPA, Attendance, and disciplinary issues are helpful. Many schools require their own site visits to employers and we encourage as much involvement as a school chooses. This is not intended to be a school sponsored activity, however partnering with schools involves some commitment.

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