FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS THIS A COMPLICATED PROCESS TO GET STARTED AND MANAGE?

CMS has a structured program that allows us to assume approximately 90% of the start-up and on-going administrative activities. This process is approved by the Department of Labor and we are even able to access a data base of pre-defined training programs that have been implemented for over 1,000 occupations. We work with our clients to fine tune the training programs so that they address your specific requirements. All DOL reporting is managed by CMS and we can serve as the primary DOL contact so that your staff does not have to become government administrative specialists.

THIS SOUNDS GREAT, BUT HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO SET-UP AND MANAGE?

CMS utilizes a unique approach that results in a net cost to you of $0 in the majority of our arrangements. All set-up, DOL registration, recruiting and on-going administration is offset by training funding and tax credits that we coordinate on your behalf. Funding levels vary, but in most cases the set-up costs will be completely offset after the sponsoring of 2-3 apprentices. We provide an optional plan that guarantees that funding will offset all fees. Our goal is obtain enough funding so that a positive net return is available to you.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE PROGRAM SET-UP?

Design of the training plan and completion of all of the application documentation can range from 2 -- 4 weeks (depending upon the timing of your feedback) -- A typical time investment of approximately 10 hours of your input can be expected. Another 4 weeks is required to obtain the registration of your program through the DOL.

HOW LONG ARE THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS?

The typical program is 3 years. 2,000 hours per year for on-the-job training and 144 hours per year of classroom training. Candidates with prior, specific experience may enter the programs at advanced levels, lessening the length of the program.

IF WE TRAIN APPRENTICES, WILL OTHER COMPANIES HIRE THEM AFTER WE TRAIN THEM?

88% of apprentices are still employed with their sponsor employer 6 months after their training. 85% of companies do not view competitors taking their employees as a problem.

  

HOW DO WE FIND APPROPRIATE APPRENTICE CANDIDATES?

As part of our complete program management, CMS provides search activities that identify candidates with backgrounds that fit requirements for your particular positions and company culture, aptitude and personality testing, background checks, structured screening interviews and coordination of final candidate interviews with your staff.

WHY IS CMS SO INVOLVED WITH VETERANS AND TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS?

We work with civilians and veterans and have realized unique benefits of working through military channels. Veterans and transitioning service members have proven to be particularly successful in training programs, as they have experienced on-going, structured training during their military tenures. Veterans also may receive monthly stipends while participating in registered apprenticeship programs. These are funds in addition to their wages. Our clients become "favored employers" as apprentices receive approximately $1,000 - $2,500 per month in addition to your wages while working for your organization rather than your competitors that do not offer such a program. CMS coordinates this funding as part of our services.

AREN'T MOST APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS COORDINATED THROUGH UNIONS?

Registered apprenticeship programs are developed for both non-union and unionized organizations. The majority of CMS clients are non-unionized and the apprenticeship programs have no union affiliations.

WHAT INVOLVEMENT DOES THE DOL HAVE WITH IMPLEMENTING AND TRACKING A PROGRAM?

The DOL is available to support your program to the extent that you prefer. CMS can assume all of the application, reporting and on-going administration functions with the DOL, including be listed as the primary contact for the program.

HOW MUCH ARE APPRENTICES PAID?

Most apprentices are started at approximately 60% of a fully trained employee. Wages are increased every 6 months until the apprentice reaches the wage of a fully trained employee (linked to conclusion of apprentice training schedule).

WHAT IF THE APPRENTICE DOES NOT WORK OUT AS WE HAD HOPED?

All apprentices are employees-at-will. An on-going performance review process allows for determining the viability of each apprentice. Business activity may also determine continuing the apprentice employment at any time.