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.
Smart Training Principles
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.
These principles and their related behaviors are outlined in the Ultimate Guide to Enhancing Your Training, written by Montez King. This book will help you understand the universal principles that guide NIMS philosophy on making your OJT program the best that it can be. By employing Smart Training Principles and true performance validation, NIMS helps employers establish state-of-the-art apprenticeship programs that support the entire community.