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Apprenticeships and Internships for Employers

Apprenticeships: Hire, Train, and Retain your Workforce

Our program is turn-key. ECC staff does the paperwork required by the U.S. Department of Labor. Apprentices attend classes part-time or full-time. Let us know who you want to enroll, and we'll do the rest! Work with the Elgin Community College Strategic Partnerships & Experiential Learning team to get started.

Consider this

  • Why should you hire an apprentice? Help you grow your skilled/trained workforce by promoting existing workers or new hires, resulting in well-trained employees who thrive in your environment, culture, and job.
  • How do I find an apprentice to hire? ECC will help through various career fairs and community expos throughout the year. Plus, we offer an online tool, Hire Spartans, to post positions. We also partner with the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) to promote your apprenticeship(s).
  • What are the benefits of having an apprentice? Increase employee morale and loyalty. The National Apprenticeship Service states that 92 percent of companies with apprenticeship programs believe it leads to higher motivation. Eighty percent report increases in employee retention.
  • Why do companies offer apprenticeships? Organizations, large and small, use apprenticeships to promote diversity in the workplace. It also helps cut recruiting costs by contacting area students taking ECC classes to gain skills and certification.
  • Why are apprenticeships good for business? Apprenticeships create additional opportunities for brand and company name recognition. Plus, you'll retain employees by cutting recruiting costs and increasing loyalty.
  • How will apprenticeships help my business? Customization - Train for your needs at your location with your processes. Development - Hire recruits or invest in your employees while offering them nationally recognized credentials. Recruitment - Gain access to a diverse applicant pool and upskill current employees. Tax Credits - Participation in ECC's program qualifies you for the Illinois Apprenticeship Tax Credit ($3,500 to $5,000 per apprentice annually).

Next step

How do I get started? Submit an Employer Apprenticeship Interest Form.

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Internships: Employer Opportunities

Internships allow students to explore career possibilities and develop the skills needed to succeed. Students gain relevant work experience in their programs of study, and companies build a recruiting pipeline with up-and-coming professionals – a win/win for everyone!

Return on Investment

  • Identify qualified candidates in a variety of career pathways.
  • Host enthusiastic students who are studying the most recent technologies and strategies.
  • Use a cost-effective way to enhance your team's strengths and increase productivity.
  • "Test drive" potential employees and build a recruiting pipeline.
  • Work with students who know the importance of soft skills.
  • Be a mentor to the future workforce.

Employer internship interest form


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