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The naval industry has seen a spike in worker demand and apprenticeships could be the answer

The naval industry has seen significant growth in recent years but keeping up a workforce for the growing demand has proven more difficult. The General Dynamics Electric Boat Company intends to invest up to $1.7 billion to modernize and upgrade its facilities over the next decade. Apprenticeship programs have a chance to place a vital role in the shaping of this investment and can help to benefit participants across the board.

Apprenticeship Training Program, which is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor and administered through a contract between Honolulu Community College. PHNSY’s 2019 class was its biggest ever, with 278 graduates. The 2020 class, the 100th anniversary of the program, had 208 graduates, bringing the total number of apprentices to 5,800 since the program began. Apprentices received a minimum of 7,200 hours of on-the-job training, trade theory, and academic study during the program. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) Degree in Applied Trades and are promoted to journey workers in trades such as structural, mechanical, electrical/electronic, piping, air conditioning and refrigeration, and temporary services. Apprentices spend half the day in the classroom and the other half working with their shop”.

With the growing demand for skilled workers within the maritime trades competition between industry heads and the government grows as well. This is why the growing apprenticeship programs can help fuel the industry need as an increase in talent pool would supply the workforce for years to come.

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