AmSkills is the first advanced manufacturing apprenticeship of its kind in Florida. The program, established in partnership with the German Embassy's Skills Initiative, has developed into a collaborative of American and European businesses, economic development leaders, school districts, career and technical academies, colleges, and training providers to deliver skills training programs to students starting at age 15. Hailed as the "other four-year degree," our apprentices are sponsored by local companies following their completion of a 400-hour foundational course to develop the skills and knowledge of best practices that manufacturers require.
By adapting the German "dual-system" model to meet the needs of our American manufacturing and education systems we are positioned to deliver the gold standard in apprenticeship training. The AmSkills program combines instruction in underlying theory (20%) with practical experience in advanced manufacturing workplaces (80%) to launch students into a high-tech career while they earn a vocationally relevant university education. Regardless of the level of education our students ultimately attain, the hands-on training launches them ahead of others who will be competing for lucrative careers in the manufacturing industry.
AmSkills is a registered apprenticeship. This means that Pell Grants, the GI Bill, and Veteran's assistance may all be used for our programs. High school students can begin pre-apprentice training in school district's offering Advanced Manufacturing as a dual enrollment option.
It is not uncommon for apprentices to climb the ranks within companies to executive roles, thanks to the strong skills foundation apprenticeships provide. “Dual training,” as apprenticeships are often called, are a highly respected career path in Germany, with 60% of young people taking on apprenticeship training. Get started today because area manufacturers are asking for us to prepare you to go to work in their businesses.
Resources for Learning More About German-Style Apprenticeships:
- The Center for American Progress released 5 case studies detailing apprenticeship programs in other states that are opening doors to high-tech employment opportunities, without students having to take on college debt. For more information, refer to the Innovations in Apprenticeship PDF.
- The German American Chambers of Commerce released a document that details the benefits that German-style apprenticeships bring both companies and students.
View German-American dual-training programs in the United States:
- Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²®) Program - Lansing, MI
- Volkswagen Academy - Chattanooga, TN
- MBUSI - Mechatronics Training Program - Mercedes-Benz
- Stihl - Virginia Beach, VA
- Apprenticeship Carolina - SC Technical College System
- Apprenticeship 2000
An apprenticeship with AmSkills opens doors to a world-class training opportunity. Become a manufacturing leader of tomorrow by learning the high-tech skills businesses need today. Why not earn income while you train for the in-demand skills and the certifications or degree you desire.
Register with AmSkills today!
*Statistics sourced from “German Mittelstand: Engine of the Germany Economy”: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi)