March/April 2019
The Workforce Development Board of
Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties'
AAI Grant Program Newsletter
AAI Funding

AAI Offers Up to $10,000 for On-the-Job Learning!
And can provide up to $5,000 for Related Instruction and up to $2,000 for
Pre-Apprenticeship training.

If a mentor takes time out of his/her day to train an apprentice, we can reimburse your company the mentor’s hourly wage for the time spent training – up to $10,000 for On-the-Job Learning.

Also, AAI offers up to $5,000 for the Related Instruction of an apprentice and up to $2,000 for Pre-Apprenticeship Training .
To learn more ab out how you can take advantage of this new incentive, please email us.
"Get A Leg Up" Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp

Learn the skills necessary to beat the competition in getting a manufacturing job at local companies.

Topics Include:

  • Math Fundamentals and Shop Math
  • Blue Print Reading
  • Unit of Measurement/Basic Measurement
  • Intro to Safety
  • Intro to Quality and Inspection
  • Electrical Units
  • Electrical Print Reading
  • Intro to Mechanical Systems and Assembly

Who: Any one interested in a career in manufacturing

Where: SUNY Morrisville - Norwich Campus

When: March 18th - March 29th, 8:00am - 2:30pm
Informational/Orientation Night on March 14th at 5:30pm

For more information or how to register contact: Tara Shimer,, 315-684-6390 or Tylena Daniels,, 607-334-2201 ext. 128.
Job Seekers Complete Professional Skills Training

Four manufacturing job seekers completed Professional Skills training at the Norwich CDO Workforce center.

Training topics included:
  • Attitude
  • Customer Service
  • Dependability
  • Accountability
  • Decision Making
  • Organizational Skills
  • Self Determination
  • Stress & Anger Management Skills

Training included facilitator lecture, interactive exercises, case study, and attendee interaction / experience sharing. The training also helped prepare the students for the upcoming Manufacturing Boot Camp.

At the conclusion of the training a drawing was held for a gift ensemble that included an insulated lunch tote, several different food storage containers, a reusable freezer brick, and a wall calendar.

In addition, Alicia Cathers from Unison Industries/GE Aerospace met with the group and provided valuable information regarding employment at Unison Industries.  

Welcome Johnston & Rhodes Bluestone Company!
AAI is proud to announce a new apprenticeship program at Johnston & Rhodes Bluestone Company in East Branch, NY.

The company is currently hosting an apprentice in the Maintenance Machinist Trade, which is a four-year apprenticeship. The apprentice will earn a Journeyman's card at the completion of the apprenticeship.
Don't Miss this Great Event!
Accelerate your company’s opportunity for attracting talent, employee retention, skills growth, and expansion at the FuzeHub Solutions Forum for NYS Manufacturers.

Building a skilled manufacturing workforce is essential for companies to remain competitive in the midst of industry-wide landscape changes.

This event will bring together leading regional resources who stand ready to assist your company in tackling today’s most pressing issues .

At this event, experience key presentations and one-on-one meetings that will expose you to leading initiatives that can assist your company in advancing the technical knowledge of your team or recruiting the talent you need for growth.

The event will feature excellent networking opportunities and an industry expert panel.

" Addressing workforce challenges in the manufacturing sector is critical to industry growth in New York State and across the country. "

March 19, 2019 • Utica, NY

Delta Hotel by Marriott
200 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502

*Program runs from 1:30PM-5:00PM with a reception following from 5:00PM-7:00PM
Why Should You Consider Becoming an Apprentice?
Benefits of Apprenticeship
  • Helps recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce.
  • Improves productivity and the bottom line.
  • Provides opportunities for tax credits and employee tuition benefits in some states.
  • Reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention.
  • Creates industry driven and flexible training solutions to meet national and local needs.
  • Allows workers to earn and learn at the same time.

M ore and more companies are realizing the advantages we can offer in helping to train their future workforce .

O ur programs have helped more than 60 companies across the central New York region train more than 300 workers, and we've increased our geographic footprint from six to 19 counties.

Employers: If you are interested in becoming a sponsor , please let us know!

We can also help you set up a new apprenticeship program .
"We need skilled workers—and we need them now. In addition to men and women who create things with their hands, this includes coders, programmers, technicians, designers and other jobs that require some degree of specialized training. We don’t think of these as blue-collar or white-collar jobs but “new-collar” jobs, the jobs that put the “modern” in “modern manufacturing.”

--Jay Timmons
"Hire Achievement: Booming Manufacturing Needs Workers"

--Commentary from Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers
"Today, manufacturers need to fill 428,000 jobs. And according to Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the NAM, manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs over the next decade. But under current conditions, not enough Americans are pursuing these careers, even though they pay on average $84,832 a year in wages and benefits, or $32,000 more than jobs in other fields. Of those 4.6 million jobs that will be open between now and 2028, as many as 2.4 million could go unfilled."

Read the Article at RealClear Politics - And Contact AAI to find out how we can help!
Major Incentive Available- Submission Deadline: March 29th!
To better respond to industry workforce demands , NYSDOL is making up to $4.1 million available until April 30, 2019 , in order to expand and diversify Registered Apprenticeships (RA) .

The New York State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant offers eligible companies up to  $5,000 per apprentice  for training and/or associated costs .

Registered Apprenticeship s are a “global, tried, and true workforce development strategy,” says the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), which offers apprentices opportunities to earn a salary while learning the skills that businesses demand in a variety of occupations across industries.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has recognized that NYS faces a middle-skill labor shortage and that failing to address this “middle-skill gap” will erode NYS’s ability to strengthen middle-class economic justice for its citizens , notes NYSDOL in its Request for Applications (RFA).

“This causes NYS’s businesses to be less competitive in the global economy due to losses in productivity and forces them to seek skilled workers elsewhere.”

Restoring middle-class security is significantly influenced by the availability of middle-skill jobs , NYSDOL says, because these jobs comprise the largest portion of the labor market, and key growth industries are unable to find sufficiently trained workers to fill middle-skill jobs.  

For the purposes of this RFA , NYSDOL notes that " middle-skill jobs" typically require more than a high school education and less than a bachelor’s degree , and are specific to the skills of the occupation rather than an individual’s education attainment.

This funding will cover costs associated with training apprentices through RA , such as Related instruction, On-the-Job training, books, and tools.

Please email us to find out how we can help!
“RA is a job-driven strategy, providing a pathway for many to the middle class. For businesses, RA serves as an opportunity to grow their own workforce and meet skill needs for the future.”


Article: "Why On-The-Job Training is Becoming the New College Degree"
"Intergenerational workforce expert" Mark Perna talks about the apprenticeship movement-- and how this "once-old-fashioned training pathway is fast becoming a route to the future."

Who We Are
In Central New York, The Herkimer, Madison, Oneida (HMO) Workforce Development Board's (WDB)  American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) Grant  is building a  new sustainable regional workforce pipeline  specific to  advanced manufacturing  including nanotechnology, cybersecurity and unmanned vehicle systems.

AAI helps companies  registered in the apprenticeship program recruit, train, retain and develop a diverse workforce of skilled employees .

Apprenticeships create a pipeline of skilled workers to help employers prepare for the “grey tsunami,” mend the skills gap and bring their companies to the next level. AAI can also help businesses set up an apprenticeship program .

AAI helps high school and college students, disconnected youth, unemployed adults, minorities and veterans  prepare for and secure apprenticeship opportunities. There is no charge to enroll in the program.

We provide opportunities to participants for:
  • On-the-Job Learning
  • Job Related Technical/Classroom or Online Instruction
  • Pre-Apprenticeship Training

This program is available to residents and businesses located in the following New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.

CONTACT US   to find out how we can help!
Need Training Help?
Are you a smaller company looking to get additional training for your employees? We have heard from some of you regarding the need for  safety classes and more . If you would be interested in teaming up with other companies that are in a similar situation, let us know .
Technology Driving Innovation: Drones Report
"Like the internet and GPS before them, drones are evolving beyond their military origin to become powerful business tools. They’ve already made the leap to the consumer market, and now they're being put to work in commercial and civil government applications from firefighting to farming. That’s creating a market opportunity that's too large to ignore."

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About the Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison, Oneida (HMO) Counties:
The role of the local Workforce Development Board (WDB) is system focused and strategic in nature. As a decision-making entity, the WDB determines priorities of service, negotiates measures, facilitates integration, and ensures quality outcomes. By understanding workforce development needs, anticipating trends, and focusing on system outcomes and performance, the WDB can effect substantial long-term change in the economic well being of the community.
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Alice Savino, Executive Director

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