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Build a Skilled Workforce with Apprenticeship

Are you struggling to replace experienced team members?

If a lack of qualified and skilled employees is holding your company back, you’re not alone. Many companies in our region are feeling the impact of a talent shortage, leading to:

Failure to keep up with demand
Inability to grow or expand technology
Losing ground in competitive markets
A burned out workforce that is over-scheduled
Safety risks

Current hiring practices are no longer effective in filling positions that require technical or advanced skills. Today’s tough labor market demands new strategies to attract and develop skilled talent.

Build a Reliable Talent Pipeline

Companies throughout the world and right here in Davidson and Davie Counties have been able to gain a competitive advantage and train a new generation of skilled team members through a registered youth apprentice program. Davidson-Davie Apprenticeship Consortium, also known as DDAC, uses a proven model to help you build your own reliable talent pipeline. With apprenticeship, your company can take  a proactive approach to workforce talent challenges. You’ll help prepare apprentices to use advanced skills to innovate, lead, and boost your company to success.

A Win for Students and Companies

Employers are able to:

Participate in a thorough screening process that recruits bright and motivated high school juniors and seniors
Mentor and train apprentices in-house for the positions they need
Lower training costs with grants
Get the support needed for fast onboarding of employee apprentices
Build company pride through current employees who act as mentors

Apprentices are able to:

Take college classes at Davidson Davie Community College, earn a degree, and gain skills at no cost
Learn on the job while earning pay
Start a rewarding job and career in high school



BUILD a skilled


A Model for Any Company Size, Any Sector

Apprenticeship can be customized for companies of all sizes and from any type of industry sector. 
Currently, the DDAC has employers from six industry sectors:

Supply Chain and Logistics
Advanced Manufacturing
HVAC/ Electrical/Plumbing
Pharmacy Technician

The technical skills students gain on the job and in classes at Davidson Davie Community College can be applied to jobs across a wide range of industries. DDAC is actively working to add apprenticeship opportunities in:


Ongoing Guidance and Support

The DDAC team and other local companies who have successfully implemented youth apprenticeship programs provide ongoing support and guidance. You’ll be able to learn from peers and build relationships with other business and education leaders in the community.

A Sustainable Advantage

The apprenticeship model allows you to create a long-term talent pipeline that helps protect you from market forces. It’s a program that builds momentum each year and has a positive impact on both your business and the community.

See How Apprenticeship Can Work for Your Company

If you’re ready to explore youth apprenticeship, talk to a participating employer, or tour a local apprenticeship company, contact us today.