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Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Program

What is Apprenticeship?

The Northern Marianas College, a Registered Apprenticeship program, is a national system that offers on-the-job training in many of today's sought-after careers through partnerships with businesses like yours.

It is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.

As modeled by the Apprenticeship's "Pathways Pledge"

  • Life Skills pathway provides work-related soft skills, such as communication, time management and teamwork, through coursework and/or experience.
  • Work Skills pathway provides insight into the world of work to prepare for employment through efforts that include job shadow days and internships.
  • Learn and Earn pathway delivers on-the-job skills in a learning environment while young person earns wages for their work.

What are the benefits for employers?

When you invest in the training of your employees, they will be more committed to the success of your business. This will help to lessen turnover, decrease recruitment costs and increase productivity.

As a Registered Apprenticeship employer partner, you are responsible for recruiting and leading apprentices as they learn and complete their certifications. They are members of your workforce from day one. Our local apprenticeship staff offers technical assistance at any time, at no cost, and ensures compliance with your company's and industry's standards.

How to join the Apprenticeship program?

In order to join or get more information call the Community Development Institute (CDI) at (670) 234-5498 at Ext. 6802 and ask for either Mr. David Attao or Mr. Vince Merfalen. In addition, you can also have your employer contact CDI with regard to establishing a partnership with the Apprenticeship Program.

Looking for a job?

The websites below will provide you with a starting point as to the available jobs and job programs within the Commonwealth.

Contact Information

    Vince Merfalen
    Director, CDI
    Bldg. P
    Tel: (670) 237-6764
    Fax: (670) 235-4966
    [email protected]