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Apprenticeship

The NM Apprenticeship Program, administered by the Public Education Department (College and Career Readiness Bureau), falls under the state Apprenticeship Assistance Act, which authorizes the program, provides for an advisory committee, establishes criteria for training, and allows the division to make rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of the act.

Training programs are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA), and the State Apprenticeship Council (SAC).

The Public Education Department works in concert with both the BAT and SAC to promote and guide training programs.

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Apprenticeship Assistance Program Summary

Apprenticeship is an informal educational method for training individuals in a skilled trade.

People have been transferring skills from one generation to another for centuries. A youth apprentice studied his chosen craft whether in a guild hall or on the job, perfecting skills under the watchful eyes of the craft masters.

At each step, an apprentice was expected to produce a piece of finished work that met certain standards.

The apprentice eventually achieved the status of craft worker and then journeyman and finally master in an exacting and lengthy process that made him a valued and respected member of society.

Today, the training involves an agreement between a person (an apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker – “earning while learning”.

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.

Modern apprenticeship is occupation-oriented.

From the beginning, individuals enrolled in apprenticeship programs are placed in work environments where they earn while learning and gain on-the- job proficiency in their chosen trade.

Their wages and in most cases the cost of their training (e.g., instructor and supervisor salaries and books), as well as the facilities, equipment and supplies they use, are sponsored and largely paid by their employers, joint employer and labor groups, individual employers, industry and/or employer associations.

The Apprenticeship Assistance Act provides money to employers to help defray the cost of training apprentices, which in turn stimulates New Mexico’s economy. Any registered apprenticeship program registered through the State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) is eligible for these funds.

Apprenticeship Assistance Act
The purpose of the Apprenticeship Assistance Act is to assist registered apprenticeship programs in their training efforts to develop skilled craftsmen in occupations recognized by the OA and the SAC.

It was established to accommodate the social and economic needs of the adult citizens of New Mexico and to enhance the economic development of the state.

Promotion of Standards
The Office of Apprenticeship (OA) and the State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) encourage the inclusion of standards in apprenticeship contacts, and bring together employers and labor to create apprenticeship programs.

They also cooperate with other state agencies in formulating and promoting apprenticeship standards, and work closely with the Public Education Department’s College and Career Readiness Bureau on related instruction in apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship representatives explain in detail how an apprenticeship program operates, provide expert assistance in developing programs to fit specific needs, and act as liaison with local educational agencies to provide classroom and/or related instruction.

Apprenticeship Training and Advisory Committee (ATAC) Minutes

Apprenticeship Assistance Essential Links:

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Greta Schouman, Apprenticeship Director

Associated General Contractors - New Mexico Building Branch
Ralph A. Mora, Apprenticeship Coordinator

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers
Joseph Handley, Director of Apprenticeship

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 611 New Mexico
Jim Baca

JATC for the Electrical Industry
Hank Humistan, Director

New Mexico Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers
Marvin Duran

Southwest Carpenters Training Fund
Danny Lawlor, Coordinator

New Mexico Finishing Trades Institute
Bec Reins, Director of Training

New Mexico Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NMJATC)

Northern NM Independent Electrical Contractors
Valerie Martinez, Apprenticeship Director

Sheet Metal Workers LU #49 JATC
Jerry Arms

Southwestern Line Constructors AJATC
Janice Jones

Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc., Southern New Mexico
Phyllis Franzoy, Executive Director

U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration Registered Apprenticeship Website - Office of Apprenticeship
Elisa Gallegos

Wagner Equipment Company
Kurt Bowers

Apprenticeship Assistance Contact Information

State Director of Apprenticeship College and Career Readiness Bureau
New Mexico Public Education Department
Mailing: 300 Don Gaspar
Office: 120 South Federal Place, Room 207
Santa Fe NM 87501-2786
(505) 827-3565
Louise Williams

Coordinating and Registration Agencies

State Apprenticeship Council
New Mexico Department of Labor
Silver Square
625 Silver Avenue SW, Suite 410
Albuquerque NM 87102
(505) 841-4406
Chris Romero

USDOL/Office of Apprenticeship
P O Box 140
500 Gold Avenue SW Suite 12001
Albuquerque, NM  87103
Phone No:  (505) 248-6530
Fax No:  (505) 248-6531
Elisa Gallegos

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