The value of leveraging a registered apprenticeship partner to build a successful DOL registered apprenticeship program

Launch a DOL Registered Apprenticeship Program

Launch a DOL registered apprenticeship program with a strong partner by your side

YUPRO is joining with the Department of Labor (DOL) in celebrating National Apprenticeship Week. Employers across the country are increasingly seeing the value of apprentices and the positive impact apprenticeship programs have on their organizations. This week is dedicated to exploring those benefits and raising awareness—specifically for DOL registered apprenticeships. 

More than 800,000 apprentices participate in registered apprenticeships every single year in the United States. Programs include advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, financial services, digital marketing, and many more. 

Registered apprenticeships are industry-vetted and approved and validated by the U.S. DOL or a State Apprenticeship Agency. These programs provide employers with enhanced access to larger and more diverse talent pools that have been specifically trained for certain entry-level to management positions, helping to both address industry demands and reduce unemployment rates. 

Apprenticeships for underrepresented talent

While apprenticeships are attractive to companies looking to hire any entry-level employee, they are particularly impactful for those seeking to diversify their talent pipeline. Apprenticeships are particularly beneficial for talent who lack four-year degrees, professional networks, or access to jobs that offer family sustaining wages and career progression.

Apprenticeships give entry-level and middle-skill traditionally excluded talent the experience, training, and workplace exposure they need to launch their careers. Apprenticeships provide talent with real work experience and the high likelihood of a full-time job upon completion while earning a fair-market wage. 

By offering registered apprenticeships, your company joins leading employers building a more equitable workforce by bringing diversity and equity to the forefront. These programs empower talent and drive your business forward. 

Leveraging an All-Inclusive Apprenticeship Partner 

Some of the biggest hurdles when launching a registered apprenticeship program involve navigating the oftentimes overwhelming administrative, training, recruitment, support services, and employment requirements for a DOL certified program. Which is why one of the most effective ways to build your apprenticeship program is through an apprenticeship partner. An apprenticeship partner like YUPRO manages administrative hurdles on behalf of the employer and makes it easy to launch a program within a matter of weeks. 

Our DOL registered apprenticeship program addresses a systemic workforce issue by offering a skills-based hiring solution addressing the Opportunity Gap for underrepresented talent. It’s a win-win for employers, the economy, and, most importantly, the early career workforce that is desperate for career opportunities that remain limited to those with four-year degrees. 

Additionally, our all-inclusive solution takes the burden of launching and managing a registered apprenticeship program off employers and leaves them with all the benefits of a trained workforce. Our Earn More, Learn More Program key features are: 

  • Full-service program management means talent vetting, recruiting and selection with talent earning market wages, access to healthcare benefits and social service resources, along with professional development sessions all while earning industry-recognized certifications. 
  • Adherence to all DOL requirements for both training and on-the-job working hours.
  • Structured upskilling and work-based learning for both virtual and in-person programs.
  • Industry-recognized apprenticeship certificates for talent upon completion.
  • Professional development seminars, 1:1 mentorship, and high-touch coaching.
  • Access to 30,000+ diverse candidates driving equity and inclusion in your workforce.

While registered apprenticeship programs can often be difficult to implement, when 93% of apprentices continue employment upon program completion, companies can’t ignore this valuable recruitment and upskilling tool.

As an apprenticeship partner, we help eliminate the struggles associated with creating and maintaining a program. We help organizations navigate the entire implementation process from beginning to end. YUPRO becomes the employer of record, the healthcare benefits provider, and the place to go for high-touch support. Freed from these responsibilities, organizations can focus on growing the business and maintaining strong, inclusive cultures. 

Explore registered apprenticeships

There are countless benefits to offering apprenticeships. Studies show employees who join through apprenticeships are loyal and stay longer, and companies thrive.

Organizations that offer earn and learn programs also have stronger reputations because of their commitment to supporting diversity and equity in the workplace. Join us in being part of an ecosystem to expand, diversify, modernize, and strengthen registered apprenticeships across the country. 

To learn how you can build a registered apprenticeship program, connect with our team at partnerwithus@yupro.com

How to Be Confident in an Interview

How to Be Confident in an Interview

How to Interview with Confidence

Congratulations! You’ve secured a job interview.

Oftentimes, the initial excitement of making it to this step in the hiring process wears off quickly, replaced by anxiety over how the interview will go.

If you are feeling nervous, fear not. You made it to the interview process, so the recruiter has seen something in your application that they believe could be an asset to their company. 

Before interview day, make sure you spend time reviewing the job posting and preparing to align some of the points with your skillset and abilities. Remember, they wouldn’t be bringing you in if they didn’t think you were a solid candidate. You can relax knowing you do not need to have all the skills listed in the job posting, but be sure to take the time to research any terms, tools, or software not familiar to you. 

The following tips will help boost your confidence to showcase your unique skillsets, increasing your chances of landing the job. 

Showcase professional skills confidently.

Showcasing professional confidence means displaying healthy self-promotion. You do this by discussing your work-based skills and experience in a relaxed yet self-assured manner.

Preparation and practice are crucial to success, but there is a difference between being prepared and sounding rehearsed. Striking a balance is key. If you don’t have a partner to practice with you, then record yourself, view it, and refine your responses from there.

Here is an exercise to try before your next interview to confidently demonstrate professional skills.

Answer the question: “How do you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?” Talk through the detailed steps of how you’d make this sandwich. When preparing for your interview, use that same tone and confidence to discuss your professional skills and experience.

Discuss personal skills. 

This might seem counterintuitive. However, being able to intertwine your life experiences with your professional abilities serves as a key differentiator from other candidates. By bringing your whole self to your interview, you will build a genuine connection with the interviewer and show a wider scope of your skills. This will surely set you apart from the competition!

For example, if you’re asked about your programming experience, your initial response might be, “I don’t have any.”

However, if you consider the question from a broader perspective, you might respond differently. Here’s another way to answer: “While I don’t have direct programming skills, programming is all about problem solving. I have problem solved many times in my life. Here’s how I’ll bring that skill to your organization…”

The more you can humanize yourself with direct examples from your life, the higher chance you’ll land the job. And keep reminding yourself, they’re interested in you for a reason. Bring that confidence to the job.

Answer interview questions confidently.

Below are basic guidelines to keep in mind to ensure you appear poised during a job interview.

  1. Pause before answering the question. It’s human nature to want to respond immediately to eliminate awkward silences. Before jumping into an answer, take a deep breath and then formulate a response in your mind. And, remember, it is okay to ask your interviewer to reword the question if you didn’t quite understand it.
  1. Be an active listener. Write down questions. Then, consider what your interviewer might want to hear. You don’t always need to respond literally. 

For example, don’t say that you got angry at a rude customer and then kicked them out of your restaurant. Instead, discuss how you resolved a conflict at work. 

  1. Never answer “No.” Always say, “No, and,” or, “No, but.” For example, if you are interviewing for a financial job and you are asked whether you have industry experience, you might respond, “No, but I’m very interested in finance.”
  1. Use the STAR method. The STAR method helps structure responses to scenario-based or behavioral interview questions by showing how you approach problems, think critically, and work to achieve a positive result. Use the following steps:
    1. Situation: Set the scene and give the necessary details.
    2. Task: Describe what your responsibility was in that situation.
    3. Action: Explain exactly what steps you took to address it.
    4. Result: Share what outcomes your actions achieved.

You hold the key to job interview confidence

Drawing from your personal and professional experiences will improve your chances of securing a job offer.

Keep reminding yourself that you deserve to be there. Interviewers want to understand the unique skills and experience you would bring to the job and the organization as a whole. It’s up to you to shine a light on them.

Interviewing with confidence takes practice and preparation, and YUPRO is here to help. Join us for Weekly Virtual Office Hours on Wednesdays to learn more about how we can help. Register at https://bit.ly/YUPROOfficeHours.