Dual Apprenticeship Program

What are Dual Apprenticeship Programs?

Dual Apprenticeship Programs are an innovative and industry-led approach to education. Benchmarked on the German Dual Education System, they are the gold standard of a practical educational model developed in conjunction with technology leaders. They generally combine practice, theory and work to train a globally competitive workforce. Companies get a tailored training program, greater employee loyalty and access to a high-quality candidate pool.   

Our program has now expanded to include four different apprenticeship modules with fourteen companies.

Our Apprenticeship Modules

What makes our Apprenticeship Program special?

In the need to fill the skills gap issue in the Pittsburgh region and beyond more and more Apprenticeship Program pop up on the market to address this issue and help companies to overcome this obstacle. With those various options on Apprenticeship Programs it is important to us to demonstrate what makes our program unique and what differentiates us from other programs:

GACC Dual Apprenticeship Program

The “German” factor

As German American Chamber of Commerce we are directly connected to the German IHK (Chamber of Industry and Commerce) and therefore have access to a pool of 360 state-of-the-art Apprenticeship modules that have been established in Germany for decades. With adapting the Dual Apprenticeship program we include the skills and competencies required from the German IHK for the job profiles and modified them into a two-year program to make them a better fit for the companies in the American market.

Company first approach

Since our Apprenticeship program is highly company-oriented, it is our goal to fully understand your business and the required skill set for your workforce. With that in mind we can adjust the program’s curriculum to guarantee a workforce tailored to their needs with apprentices that will have a leg up on their competition, since they receive hands-on experience while simultaneously learning theory.

Competitive Advantage for young students

Our program allows the apprentice to learn the theoretical skills from our Pennsylvania-certified instructors, community colleges and universities, and apply these skills immediately at the company without getting into tremendous financial debts. We are working closely with local community colleges (CCAC) and other educational partners (Manufacturing Assistance Center University of Pittsburgh, Bidwell Academy) to provide the best education possible at the lowest cost possible to ease expenses for the companies. At the end of the program, not only will our apprentices be more experienced and employable than other students their age, but also have a guaranteed employment in their desired field of employment. The goal of the Dual Apprenticeship program is for the apprentice to have a defined set of skills that are acknowledged in the industry but also to be employable by the company.

Registered with the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry

All of our Apprenticeship Programs are registered by the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry and have been approved by the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council and the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship.

Certificates and Associates Degree

Due to the registration with the Dept. of Labor and Industry, the apprentices will receive their journeyman paper's upon completion.

Moreover, our apprentices will receive certification from CCAC and their associates degree. Further, they will participate in the German IHK (Chamber of Commerce & Industry) final examination and upon successful completion they will receive the DIHK German certificate, which makes them employable beyond the US. We would like to thank Trustpoint.One for their translation services and support for our Apprenticeship Program!

Grants and Funding

With our broad network and contacts to the PA State Department of Labor and Industry and other county workforce development boards we are always looking for additional funding to minimize the investment on the company side. Those grants can help pay the apprentices tuition fees and their wages. 

Our Corporate Apprenticeship Sponsors