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Apprenticeship USA Program by Department of Labor

What is Registered Apprenticeship? DOL’s Registered Apprenticeship program is a structured occupational training program that combines on-the-job training and related instruction, in which workers learn the practical and conceptual skills required for a skilled occupation, craft or trade.  In the past, apprenticeships have been stereotyped as blue color occupations or unionized jobs only.  Today, let’s Forget the Myths – FOCUS ON THE FACTS.  A registered apprenticeship is more than just a blue collar position, with over 1,000 different occupations, Registered Apprenticeships can be created in  several industries such as: Health Care, Energy,  Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Hospitality, Geospatial, Biotechnology, Aerospace, Transportation, Finance, Agriculture, etc… In the same way, Registered Apprenticeships can be created for a single or multiple employers, has both union and non-union programs and can be as short as one year.  There are many different models of Registered Apprenticeship programs (flexibility).

So what makes an occupation apprenticeable? In order to create a Registered Apprenticeship program, the occupation or trade must involve a clearly defined role, commonly recognized across an industry, a specific set of skills learned in a practical way thru structured, supervised on-the-job learning, the option of completing the training with  at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job learning to attain a level of full competence, and related instruction to supplement the on-the-job learning, comprised of  a minimum of 144 hours.

Why do an apprenticeship? There are several reasons for doing a Registered Apprenticeship. The first is the that the system can fit into your organization’s overall human resource strategy.  The second is that it gives you an opportunity to develop key talent within your organization and utilize the transference of skills that senior performers may be able to highlight for new or existing employees. The third component is that it is a way of distinguishing between talent and skill.  Skill is mastering techniques and talent is reengineering the entire process itself. It also allows you to develop along the training and expertise the cultural values and aspects of your organization, which is why people generally stay and commit to the organization/business.

Benefits for your organization: In creating a Registered Apprenticeship program you will ensure that your program has a level of credibility to your training program by meeting approved standards.  Your will receive consulting services from DOL in the design, development, and structure of your Registered Apprenticeship program that are specific to your organization.  Upon completion of the program, the apprentice will earn a nationally recognized credential. This credential be used as a recruiting tool to attract prospective applicants. Your company will attract veterans and those transitioning out of the service since they will be able to utilize benefits from the GI Bill through the VA and Skills Bridge Program through the  Department of Defense.  There is a direct correlation between the Registered Apprenticeship program and an increased employee retention / reduce turnover costs, additionally, you will have a system that can track your return on investment of training dollars invested.

For more information please check out the YouTube video on apprenticeships

To explore more, please check out the DOL website and to discuss the possibility of starting a Registered Apprenticeship, please contact griffith.roxann.s@dol.gov.

Assumed Names in Collin and Denton Counties

Texas Business and Commerce Code Title 5 Chapter 71 requires all persons conducting business or providing professional services to file an Assumed Name Certificate in the County in which the person(s) will be conducting their business.

If you are looking for information regarding Collin County Assumed Names, please click HERE.

If you are looking for information regarding Denton County Assumed Names, please click HERE.

City of Frisco

Find more information on the City of Frisco website or at (972) 292-5000.

Collin College’s Corporate College and Center for Workforce & Economic Development (CWED)

Corporate College and CWED support economic development through strategic planning, encouragement of partnerships for growth, and the provision of responsive, customized training to meet the changing needs of our businesses, community and regional economy. More infromation can be found on the Collin College website.

Collin Small Business Development Center

The Collin SBDC is a cooperative partnership between the US Small Business Administration, the State of Texas and Collin College. The Collin SBDC provides free business counseling and is prepared to assist in identifying grant and attractive loan opportunities. Find resources for starting a new business, as well as consulting, resources, and training to help existing businesses. CollinSBDC.com

Frisco Economic Development Corporation

The mission of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation is to improve the economic opportunities and quality of life for all residents of Frisco, with the vision to expand and diversify the local tax base; Create quality job opportunities for all levels of employment; Encourage responsible, diverse growth and development, and; Enhance Frisco’s quality of life as an attractive and desirable place to live, work, play and grow. Find out more on the Frisco EDC website.

Job Bank

Employers that are members of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce may post jobs at NO CHARGE. We invite you to see how easy it is to post jobs online today!

National Association for the Self-Employed

Direct access to experts, benefits, and consolidated buying power that traditionally had been available only to large corporations. For additional information, visit the NASE website.

Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center

Resources for taxpayers who file Form 1040, Schedules C, E, F or Form 2106, as well as small businesses with assets under $10 million. Visit the IRS website for additional information.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Whether you’re already up and running or just getting started, the SBA can help. Take a look how on the SBA website.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

Free business counseling services offered at the Frisco Chamber of Commerce every Wednesday morning by appointment. Please click here for more information. SCORE also offers webinars and workshops in the Dallas area. Visit the SCORE website for more information.

Texas Association of Business (TAB)

Working to provide businesses large and small with the tools needed to expand and grow. Find more information on the TAB website.

Texas Sales & Use Tax Permits

Office of the Texas Comptroller – The Comptroller is the chief steward of the state’s finances, acting as tax collector, chief accountant, chief revenue estimator and chief treasurer for all of state government.

The Comptroller’s office is at your service. Contact them by phone or e-mail, or visit one of their Field Offices. If you are looking for information regarding Texas Sales & Use Tax Forms, please click HERE.

U. S. Chamber of Commerce

The eyes and ears in Washington, advocating for business and taking action on legislative issues that impact your business. Additional information on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.

Veterans and Business

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce wants you to support a Veteran affiliated business, and/or get involved with a Veteran organization to help out our Veterans. The Chamber supports all Veterans and is willing to provide help to any Veteran seeking business opportunities.

Check out these links to get involved with our Veterans

Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas

The local branch of the Texas Workforce Commission, dedicated to matching up job-seekers with companies looking for specific skill-sets. The local office, located in McKinney, has access to statewide databases for potential employees in every industry. In addition, Workforce Solutions provides hiring grants for various industries and a wide array of training initiatives. Visit the Workforce Solutions website.

 

Additional Resources:

Amberton University

Collin College Continuing Education – Career Skills  Training

Dallas Baptist University

Frisco Noon Rotary

Frisco Sunrise Rotary

Southern Methodist University in Plano Continuing Education

Texas A&M University Commerce – Frisco

TWU Professional Development Center

University of North Texas

University of North Texas New College at Frisco Professional Development Services

University of Texas at Dallas Professional and Certificate Programs

Find additional resources HERE.

 

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