AJAC recently developed a youth-focused version of the Manufacturing Academy for youth with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), out-of-school youth, and current/formerly incarcerated youth. It includes a weekly ($100) stipend to participate in training and a 3-month paid internship at an AJAC employer partner. The program was piloted last year with 20+ students in King and Pierce Counties – 15 completed the internship and 5 are currently working in industry.
- The stipend is one of the hardest aspects to fund – even though program is offered for free, the stipend provides good incentive to participate and helps cover general cost of living for youth and their families.
- Covering internship costs is complex and rely on public funds (e.g. WIOA, DVR, etc.), but these can be a barrier to participate for interested youth.
- Fund stipends/internships
- $15,000 stipend cost per cohort (15 participants 10-week program)
- $1600-$2,000 internship cost per participant (120 hours at Seattle and/or state minimum wage)
- Partner with AJAC to offer internships
- They provide structured on-the-job training (OJT) guidance
- You get a chance to develop a well-vetted talent pipeline
- AJAC can provide additional assistance to develop next-step apprenticeship training at manufacturing companies interested in offering internships