Apprenticeship Development

Apprenticeship development through West Michigan Works! can help you reduce turnover, increase productivity and improve the bottom line. We make it easy for employers to provide a registered apprenticeship program by doing all the background work to get the occupation approved, collaborating with local community colleges and training providers to develop classroom curriculum, and registering your apprentices with the U.S. Department of Labor. As the employer, you still have full control over your company’s program and will supervise and mentor your apprentices.

Benefits of the WMW! Apprenticeship Development program


  • Direct assistance from US Department of Labor
  • Simplified startup of your apprenticeship program
  • Flexible programs; choose from a broad menu of training options to fit your company needs
  • Assistance with recruitment
  • Funding may be available


Apprenticeships aren’t just for manufacturing or construction!  We also offer apprenticeship development in non-traditional industries such as health care, IT and retail.

Current U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship Development programs

West Michigan Works! offers apprenticeships in the following occupations:

Health Care

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Industrial Manufacturing Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Machine Operator
  • CNC Machine Specialist
  • CNC Machinist Operator
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Welder Combination

Information Technology

  • Computer Support Specialist


  • Construction Apprentice
  • Mechatronics Technician Electrical
  • HVAC- Installer/Servicer


For more information, contact Kelly Terpstra, Apprenticeship Solutions Coordinator at or 616-389-8528.