At the most basic level, apprenticeships are earn and learn programs that allow individuals to combine their education with on-the-job work experience. NIMS industry-recognized apprenticeships are not registered with federal or state governments, but instead recognize what companies are doing well in their training programs and measure it against standard quality metrics. 

By working with manufacturing employers throughout the country, NIMS has identified 7 Smart Training Principles, which are universal and timeless constants for high quality customized training programs that should be the core of apprenticeship programs. These Principles enable all stakeholders (trainees, trainers, and organizations) to develop highly customized training programs and provide the foundation for developing Performance Measures which are a collection of resources and digital tools that identify key metrics required for true validation of performance. They measure performance of all stakeholders in a community and reveal end performance, which provides clarity, transparency and unification between all stakeholders. 

By employing Smart Training Principles and true performance validation, NIMS helps employers establish state-of-the-art apprenticeship programs that support the entire community. 

Smart Training Principles

Smart Training Principles are seven universal constants for any industry that assesses the level of quality in training programs. They focus on training with the end result in mind and teach trainers how to build self-paced OJT programs that are truly competency-based and teach instructors how to validate that proper learning has occurred and that employees can perform the job.

How can NIMS help my company enhance its training program?