Apprenticeships are a proven way to meet the increasing demand for a highly skilled workforce.


  • The Apprenticeship Center at Penn College

Apprenticeship as a solution to the skills gap

Check out this video to explore the proven apprenticeship pathways at Penn College. In this five-minute video, you’ll hear from companies and apprentices who’ve experienced firsthand benefits. From facilitating talent development and life-enhancing employee growth to promoting productivity and efficiency, you’ll learn how the apprenticeship model at Penn College has become a proven solution for addressing the skills gap.

Penn College is a national, comprehensive provider of apprenticeship programs.

Apprenticeships help companies train existing workers to fill skill gaps. Whether you're a big company looking to establish your own apprenticeship program or a smaller company with just a few employees looking to join with other companies, Workforce Development at Penn College will customize a program to meet your company's needs.

We do all the heavy lifting so companies can focus on what they do best, whether in manufacturing, healthcare, or clean energy programs. Our services are provided at one flat rate with no hidden fees.

Related Technical Instruction

Customized development and delivery of training for apprenticeship programs.

On-the-Job Competencies

Competency-based programs are created and customized to hone the on-the-job skills most needed.




Dedicated Apprenticeship Center staff handle registration requirements, paperwork, and database tracking as required for registered programs.

Multi-Site Delivery

Innovative delivery options allow for simultaneous training at all of your locations, saving time and money while ensuring all apprentices receive consistent training.

Company-Centered Scheduling

Tailored delivery with schedules minimizes disruption and allows for future planning.

Program support

Regular meetings provide the opportunity to share best practices, address concerns, and ensure everything is running smoothly.

Consortium Apprenticeships

Small groups of apprentices from multiple companies can be placed together to form a consortium that spreads program cost to multiple organizations.

Funding support

The Apprenticeship Center at Penn College seeks funding from multiple sources to offset program costs whenever possible and will work with companies to address their needs.


Fully developed programs are available for:

  • Mechatronics Technicians
  • CNC Precision Machinists
  • Industrial Manufacturing Technicians
  • Plastics Process Technicians – Injection Molding or Extrusion

  • Robotics & Automation Equipment Technicians
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanics (Intro-MECH)
  • Heavy Diesel Mechanics

We can develop or customize programs to meet nearly any skills gap need!

Contact us to learn about complementary apprenticeship programs in topics such as Front Line Supervisor, Project Management, and Lean Six Sigma.

Course Offerings

Courses may be customized to meet your company's needs. Contact Workforce Development at for more information.

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Associate Degree Pathway

Associate Degree Pathway

When participants complete a registered apprenticeship, they will have earned 39 credits towards the 100% online Apprenticeship Technology degree.   

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Companies may choose a delivery model that works best for them: remote delivery, on-site, or at Penn College. This customizable model is flexible enough to meet the demands of nearly any company in any industry. In order to address the challenges faced by manufacturers due to the skills gap, apprenticeships have been increasingly stressed by employers and policy makers. Penn College provides flexible, innovative approaches to the Related Instruction component of programs, yielding the highest caliber of training with minimal disruptions to workflow. And with numerous options for employees to pursue degrees in nearly any apprenticeship related field, the benefits to employees are extensive.

MIDAS Apprenticeships

MIDAS Apprenticeship programs are designed to expand accessibility and flexibility for advanced manufacturing companies. Modularized sections can be easily combined into programs that meet or exceed registered apprenticeship program standards. Optional modules can be combined with existing programs or run as stand-alone programs for development of specialty, non-technical skills.

Occupations for MIDAS programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Mechatronics (shown in graphic)
  • Industrial Manufacturing Technician
  • CNC Precision Machinist
  • Plastics Process Technician (Injection Molding or Extrusion)

There are five essential components of apprenticeship programs.

Business Involvement

As the program owners and builders, businesses are key stakeholders. They often work together through consortia or associations to share costs.

On-the-Job Training

Mentors train apprentices through hands-on instruction in the workplace.

Related Instruction

Companies collaborate with training partners to provide instruction on the technical competencies outlined for the program.

Skills Gain Incentives

Wage increases and promotional opportunities are tied to specific benchmarks as apprentices advance through the program.

Nationally Recognized Credential

Registered apprenticeship programs are tied to industry credentials that demonstrates job readiness.

Consider a Consortium

Many companies exploring the possibility of apprenticeship programs incorrectly assume they require large numbers of employees in a given occupational category in order to proceed. The reality is that many companies beginning apprenticeships start with fewer than a dozen apprentices. They are members of the growing number of consortia that leverage the power of combined grouping to make apprenticeship formation easier and more affordable. Penn College has considerable expertise in consortium training with curriculum and delivery models specifically designed for group delivery.

  • Train multiple locations simultaneously
  • Save money through shared cost
  • Reduce travel expense with Penn College’s iris delivery
  • Minimize administrative burdens

Develop an Apprenticeship Program

ESTABLISH an Apprenticeship Committee

Develop an Apprenticeship Program

IDENTIFY the Occupation/ Job Series

Develop an Apprenticeship Program

IDENTIFY On-the-job Learning Competencies

Develop an Apprenticeship Program

DEVELOP a Related Instruction Curriculum

Develop an Apprenticeship Program

DEVELOP Apprenticeship Standards

Develop an Apprenticeship Program

Proven apprenticeship pathways for women

With over two million manufacturing jobs projected to go unfilled by 2030 and women making up just 29% of the field’s workforce, it’s undeniable. There’s untapped potential in the world of manufacturing—especially for women. Check out this video to explore the proven apprenticeship pathways at Penn College. Discover how you can take advantage of these game-changing programs. And learn how to take the next step towards higher-level positions in the fast-paced, technologically advanced manufacturing sector.

Why Apprenticeship Programs for Manufacturing?

Learn about the important role apprenticeships play in addressing the skills gap, and how your company can start an apprenticeship program.

Modular Industry-Driven Apprenticeship Strategies (MIDAS)

Learn how you can create a customizable apprenticeship program that works for your organization.

Explore a Career in Advanced Manufacturing Through Pre-Apprenticeship

Learn more about our pre-apprentice program and how it may lead to a career in advanced manufacturing.

Apprenticeship Employers

Penn College proudly sponsors and delivers apprenticeship programs for many companies.

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The Penn College Pre-apprenticeship model provides an overview of the foundational technical knowledge and skills in an industry sector. The pre-apprenticeship is intended for individuals who are exploring a career path prior to entering employment or training.

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