The U.S. Department of Labor has approved Ivy Tech Community College as an apprenticeship sponsor. In this role, Ivy Tech can register companies’ apprenticeship programs with the Department of Labor. Traditionally, companies register themselves, but many companies often do not have the time and resources to do so.
“Ivy Tech has partnered with companies to provide the related technical instruction for apprenticeships for years,” says Stephanie Hilton, director of Apprenticeship for the College. “This was a natural fit for us.”
The College’s duties will include handling all the administrative work for these companies, collecting on-the-job learning hours, and assisting with audits with the Department of Labor.
Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus is the pilot for this statewide program, part of a national effort to increase the number of registered apprenticeships. Ivy Tech benefits by enrolling more apprentices at the College, and employers benefit because apprenticeship programs help businesses develop highly skilled employees. Apprenticeship programs may also reduce employee turnover rates, increase productivity, and lower the cost of recruitment.