A Modern Approach to Building a Talent Pipeline

The Modern Apprenticeship Program (MAP) provides a path for companies of all sizes across in-demand industries to achieve their unique employment goals.

Make the MAP Program Work for Your Business.

With in-person, remote, or hybrid work models, MAP apprentices are dynamic assets to teams, working ~20 hours a week.

Small-to-Mid-Sized Employers

MAP provides a path for employers to discover and hire the right talent and ultimately achieve their workforce goals. Through MAP, employers can fill staffing needs by recruiting and preparing the talent needed to succeed in the 21st Century economy.


of small businesses can’t fill open jobs1


of apprentices retained employment with their company after program completion2

Employer Benefits

Large Employers

MAP puts employers in the driver’s seat of co-developing the next generation of talent and the future of our community’s workforce. Through MAP, employers have an effective way to amplify and modernize their recruitment strategy and talent pipelines. 


of Indiana employers cannot find enough qualified candidates to fill open positions3


Earned for every dollar invested in apprenticeship4

Employer Benefits

MAP Employer Partners

Don't just take it from us! Here’s a look at how MAP has benefitted our current employer partners.


Businesses will assign a program lead to serve as point of contact and leader throughout the design process. A hiring manager will need to be determined to guide the selection process. During the apprenticeship, you will need a primary supervisor and a coach to provide workplace mentoring. Supervisors will participate in a series of trainings, led by EmployIndy, to prepare for the apprenticeship and will then engage in regular check-ins with the Youth Apprenticeship Manager for the duration of the program.

We are working with several school districts in Central Indiana, including Indianapolis Public Schools, Pike Township, Washington Township, Wayne Township, Victory College Prep, and Phalen Leadership Academy. Each of our partner schools offers relevant academic pathways to reinforce apprentices’ on-the-job experiences. For Cohort II, we will be expanding our school partnerships. Students will have varying schedule availability and will work with guidance counselors, Work-Based Learning Coordinators, and EmployIndy’s Youth Apprenticeship Managers to ensure they meet your needs as their employer.

Training plans will prepare students with a range of foundational competencies (e.g., soft skills), cross-sector competencies (e.g., skills needed across the industry), and occupation-specific competencies (e.g., skills needed for success in the specific job). Apprentices will be in related high school and college courses and will pursue industry-recognized credentials determined by the employer. The combination of these skills will make them valuable, flexible employees for your business. 

Since apprentices are hired as employees of the company and are compensated for their time, they are most likely covered under your company’s current insurance policy and Indiana labor laws. Many employers regularly state that this is the rule, not the exception. 

With the apprenticeship beginning during a student’s 11th grade year and continuing past graduation, apprentices will slowly increase the amount of time they spend on-site throughout the course of their apprenticeship. During year one, apprentices work approximately 12 to 16 hours per week. In year two, apprentices work approximately 20 to 24 hours per week. In year three, apprentices work 32+ hours per week. Hours will vary depending on employer preference and need.

Ascend and EmployIndy will provide overarching support throughout the design, launch, and implementation of the apprenticeship, including: 

  • Onboarding support: Ascend helps design the experience and build a comprehensive plan.
  • Recruitment: EmployIndy builds relationships and does the heavy lifting for local high schools: organizing and hosting events, and guiding selection.
  • Business and apprentice training: EmployIndy’s training specialist facilitates training sessions to prepare supervisors and apprentices before the program begins.
  • Ongoing support: Youth Apprenticeship Managers provide support for the duration of the program. 

The apprentice is considered an employee of your organization; therefore, employers are responsible for covering the apprentice wages and for providing incremental wage increases aligned with the apprentices’ proficiency growth and value to your business. Additionally, employers are expected to contribute to the apprentice’s aligned credentials, certifications, and postsecondary education. 


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