Some good news for those considering a career as an aircraft mechanic or avionics
technician. I'm looking at a release from Emery Air announcing that they've signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship that establishes a Registered Apprenticeship program at Emery's facility at The Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

In a nutshell:

The program will provide on-the-job training for workers interested in earning the FAA
Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic’s license. Participants will gain hands-on experience and earn certifications needed for in-demand, lucrative careers as aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians.

Jim Zarvos, Emery Air CEO, is very enthusiastic about the program, and the local partnerships that make it possible:

"We are extremely pleased to be working with ApprenticeshipUSA and Rock Valley College on this new and innovative program", commented Jim Zarvos, Emery Air CEO. "We believe we will be able to share our expertise and help produce some very well trained and qualified aviation professionals, who will have a great future in our industry."

ApprenticeshipUSA is a federal program that helps companies develop a world-class,
customized training model that combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. Emery Air will be providing 4500 hours of structured onthe-job training while apprentices attend classes at Rock Valley College supporting the Aviation Maintenance course requirements. The apprentice will receive a Certificate of Completion from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and credentials from RVC if they complete all required training and coursework.

For more information about a career with Emery Air, click here.