The apprenticeship program covers part of the cost of training and employing apprentices while they work toward an industry certification, typically one or two years. We focus on providing apprenticeships for military veterans, students, mothers returning to the workforce or individuals coming off disability. The program is certified through the US Department of Labor.
The current apprenticeship program includes:
- Quality Control
- Regulatory Affairs and Compliance
- Clinical Trials Associate
- Clinical Research Coordinator
- Biostatistics & Clinical Data
- Drug Safety
Our apprenticeships are designed for FDA-regulated industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals. If the host company does not have a senior-level certified professional to provide mentorship, MEIRxRS can provide one for you.
The purpose of the program is to provide a plug-n-play training program for entry-level staff. Small businesses do not have the capacity for advanced training programs and many larger companies reduced in-house training programs during the downturn. Each apprenticeship is custom built to suit the needs of the host company and the candidate. We also monitor the progress of the apprentice to insure they stay on course to achieve the industry certification.
Filling the Talent Gap
Companies should consider apprenticeships as part of filling the talent gap as identified in Reports from California Biotech Careers. The greatest problem is employer requirements for experience among entry-level hires, which begs the question of where is an entry level hire to get experience first? The apprenticeship program helps fill this talent gap by providing a plug-n-play mentorship and training program.
Question: What is the difference between an internship and apprenticeship?
Answer: The program is more structured for both the employer and the apprentice/employee.
- Apprentices stay: (87%) of apprentices convert to full-time employees of their host employers.
- The program is a plug-n-play training program for companies that don’t have one.
- If a mentor (with the same industry certification) is not available at the host company, we will provide one and pay them a stipend.
- Apprentices are fully paid, with benefits and workers compensation.
- Apprentices must work toward an industry certification while they remain in the program.
- Apprentices can be hired directly by the employer after the apprentice earns their industry certification (typically 12-24 months)
In short, it’s for those companies that don’t have onboarding & training programs but that need to build an exceptional workforce.
Question: Are apprenticeships paid?
Answer: Yes. Apprentices are paid (as W2 employees) and are eligible for the same benefits available to all employees of our staffing company. These benefits include health insurance, 401K and dental.
Question: Is there a charge to the apprentice?
Answer: No. There is no charge to apply or enroll in the program. Training and mentorship are covered by our grants. The host company contributes to base pay.
Question: What are the basic requirements?
Answer: Apprentices must either be a military veteran or have at least an Associate degree from a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) program.
Question: Can I apply to be an apprentice if I am fully-employed already?
Answer: No. Our funding sources do not allow that.
Question: Can apprentices work remotely / work from home?
Answer: No. This is an on-the-job learning opportunity that requires supervision as part of learning and feedback.
Question: Are apprenticeships available nationwide?
Answer: We currently are funded to place apprentices in the state of California. We anticipate additional funding that will allow us to place apprentices nationwide soon.
Question: Can candidates with OPT or that need sponsorship enroll in the apprenticeship program?
Answer: We are funded for individuals with authorization to work in the United States for any employer (without sponsorship).
Question: Are there other resources I should consider?
Answer: Educators and job seekers alike should check out Career Resources in Biotechnology at SCBC Miramar. You can also visit our OpenTech.LA supporting individuals for careers in technology and is one of our partners
Host an Apprentice
If you are interested in hosting an apprentice for the duration of the one to two year apprenticeship, please contact us now. We will set up a call to determine your eligibility and answer all your questions.