Council of Industry Apprenticeship Program Celebrates Milestone Amid National Apprenticeship Week
The Council of Industry is a founding member of the New York State Manufacturers Alliance, which created the Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP). Administered in the Hudson Valley by the Council of Industry, the employer-led public-private pilot program is open to registered apprentices in manufacturing occupations.
With National Apprenticeship Week approaching, the Council of Industry recognizes the first five individuals who successfully completed the program: the MIAP graduates of 2020.
Rob Papale became the first graduate of the program after completing an apprenticeship with Zierick Manufacturing Corporation. He began his apprenticeship after attending Westchester Community College and earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanics from Manhattan College. Upon completing the MIAP, he earned his toolmaker certificate. Today, Rob’s title is Toolmaker/Engineer.
Other recent graduates of the program include Enid Solis (CNC Machinist) and John Dillinger (Toolmaker), who completed it with Stanfordville Machine. Greg Lucy (Maintenance Mechanic) completed the program at Viking Industries and Jacob Montalbano (Industrial Manufacturing Technician) earned his hours at Elna Magnetics.
This apprenticeship consists of two stages: On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Related Instruction (RI). OJT allows an apprentice to learn firsthand from a journey-level craftsperson who will demonstrate and share their experience in the field.
In RI, apprentices will learn the theory- and knowledge-based components of the craft. They must complete 144 hours of classroom or online training each year.
MIAP Registered Trades:
The duration of the program ranges from approximately 16 months to four years. It requires between 4,000 and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training depending on the trade. Should a craftsperson successfully complete the apprenticeship program, they will be registered with the Department of Labor as a certified tradesman. Graduates of the program will earn foundational knowledge and skills to potentially increase future income and qualify them for future advancement.
The Council of Industry has partnered with various organizations to provide incentives to qualifying apprentices, including tax credits. Click here to learn more.