May/June 2019
The Workforce Development Board of
Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties'
AAI Grant Program Newsletter
AAI Funding
AAI can provide up to $5,000 for Related Instruction and up to $2,000 for
Pre-Apprenticeship training.
To learn more ab out how you can take advantage of these incentives, please email us.
The Accelerated Apprenticeship Program (AAP) is Accepting Applications

Start your career in advanced manufacturing!

Get paid while you train, no experience necessary.

Starting pay is $13 per hour post training period, with built-in pay increases over 4-years based on performance.

Full-time employment in Cortland, Marathon, Conklin and Elmira, NY.

Apply by May 3rd.

Manufacturing Boot Camp Success!

In conjunction with Morrisville College and the American Apprenticeship Initiative, CDO Workforce customers participated in an Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camp training.

Eight participants attended classes March 18th through March 29th, from 8:00am – 2:30pm.

The material was presented to students in a hybrid fashion, including both in class “hands-on learning” and online learning using Tooling U, which is an industry driven teaching platform endorsed by leading manufacturers.

Some of the areas they received training in are as follows:

• Math Fundamentals and Shop Math
• Blueprint Reading
• Basic Measurement
• Intro to Safety
• Intro to Quality and Inspection
• Electrical Units
• Electrical Print Reading
• Intro to Mechanical Systems and Assembly

At the completion of the Boot Camp, a Manufacturing Job Fair was held at SUNY Morrisville in Norwich on April 4th. Boot Camp participants were given the opportunity to meet exclusively with those companies in attendance.

Companies that were present were Norwich Pharmaceuticals, The Raymond Corporation, CF Co-Packing Inc., Golden Artist Colors Inc., K Tooling, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Oneonta Block Company, Eastern Temporaries, Manpower, Staffworks, Baillie Lumber and Acco Brands. 

Class participants included Brian Hartwell, Bryant Barrett, Cary Davis, Ian Farrell, Reice Knowles, Thomas King, Travis Rifanburg and Ruth Slater.


Photo Courtesy Heather Schaap
Beech-Nut apprentices sign a commemorative poster board to kick off the start of the program.
Launch Reception
New Electro-Mechanical
Tech Trade Launches
AAI is proud to announce a new apprenticeship program at Beech-Nut

From Left to Right: Amanda Vitullo, Roberta Reardon, Martha Ponge, Randy Wolken, Jennifer McCullough, Laury Ferguson

Photos Courtesy Jennifer McCullough
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 .

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

We can also help you set up a new apprenticeship program .
Why Manufacturing's Not Cool

--A high school student explains why you're failing to reach teens and millennials, from Industry Week

Manufactured Perceptions: Why Industry Needs to Reset Its Reputation
Aspen Institute's
Cost of Turnover Tool
The Cost of Turnover Tool is a calculator that helps businesses estimate the financial impact of turnover, including both the direct costs of hiring and training, and indirect costs like lost productivity or poor customer service.

It’s designed to help businesses and their workforce partners start a conversation about the impact of turnover on the bottom line and how a business can best use its human capital dollars to improve retention and achieve meaningful cost savings.

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 .
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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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