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Apprenticeship Programs to Fill Skilled Jobs Gap


Inside the Tesla Gigafactory. Image: Bob Conrad.

TMCC, JOIN and Tesla partner to encourage local businesses to create apprenticeship programs to fill the skilled jobs gap

There has been a call to action in the community, asking businesses to create Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs as a way to retain a skilled pipeline of workers.

Last week, that call was answered at an event hosted at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), where Tesla shared with a group of over 25 employers how apprenticeship has helped to expand Tesla’s skilled workforce.

“Tesla has seen exceptional work-quality from the apprentices at Gigafactory 1, combined with reduced turnover and strong work competency,” said Chris Reilly, Workforce Development and Education Lead at Tesla. “We want to encourage other businesses to use apprenticeship as a way to build their own talent.”

Having registered over 50 apprentices to date, Tesla announced its own commitment by sharing a plan to register 50-60 apprentices annually via the partnership. Nevada is expected to have 630,000 open jobs and a shortage of 28,000 middle-skilled workers by 2024. Many businesses are already feeling the pinch of not having enough qualified individuals to maintain a full workforce.

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Highlighted at the event was Tesla’s partnership with TMCC, which has responsibility for the apprenticeship’s management and administration. As the RA sponsor, and with the services of JOIN Inc. Training Nevadans for Careers, TMCC provides the related technical instruction and supportive services to the Tesla apprentices, including academic support, transition assistance, life skills and career coaching.


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