What’s more, in busting the myth, those same manufacturers can tap into area high schools where students are learning machining, tooling safety, and other manufacturing skills that they can quickly apply through a cooperative educational experience or pre-apprenticeship.
Interested in knowing the specific statute that allows this? Follow the link to review C.G.S. Section 31-23.
Manufacturers, interested in finding high school training programs in your area? Educators, interested in finding manufacturers around your school and promising program practices in the state? Visit MFGSkillsCT.com to get connected.
A. No, this is just one option.
A. No, the workers’ compensation policy in Connecticut covers minors.
A. This is not required as long as students are mentored by a teacher with a manufacturing-related endorsement (047 or 098).
An employer can register to be an apprenticeship sponsor to offer a pre-apprenticeship by completing and submitting a short registration form alongside a work schedule that emphasizes the student’s learning experience on the shop floor. Assistance with the process is available on the CT Department of Labor website through the Office of Apprenticeship Training.
Schools can complete the LED 75-1 form (generally used if the employer is not registered as an apprentice). This form allows a 16- or 17-year-old student to be placed in a potentially hazardous work environment as identified by the CT Department of Labor (e.g., manufacturer shop floor). Contact Suzanne.Loud@ct.gov for more information regarding the LED 75-1 form.
Students need to be enrolled in or have already completed appropriate manufacturing coursework in order to participate in either of these work-based learning options.
These two ways will not only provide students an opportunity to gain valuable experience, but also provide manufacturing companies with high-quality skilled labor while building their much-needed talent pipeline!
NOTE: While the LED 75-1 form is not required if a student is placed in a non-hazardous work environment at a manufacturer, it is still recommended.