IAM CREST’s Youth Transition to Work Program received another year of grant funding starting September 1, 2017. The $170,000 grant is from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Since October 2009 IAM CREST and District 15 have worked together on the program, which is designed to help students make a successful transition from high school to jobs in the automotive and diesel technology fields. The program has seen consistent growth and today includes 17 young workers either in progress or completing their apprenticeships.
The four-year apprenticeship program turns out highly skilled union technicians who go from approximately $10 per hour to earning $25 per hour or more upon completion. In addition to the funding from the state, the IAM partners with local trucking companies, automotive dealerships and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Click here for more information on the District 15 Youth Transition to Work Program apprenticeship program.