Create diverse talent pipelines through apprenticeships

EDC, Apprenti partner to grow local talent pipeline

The region’s advanced manufacturing companies employ 40,581 skilled San Diegans who lead on the development and production of cutting-edge, life-changing technology. However, amid a nationwide talent shortage, companies are challenged to maximize their growth.

Join San Diego Regional EDC and Apprenti to explore how registered apprenticeships can help employers create a pipeline of critical, diverse, emerging talent, and support our local workforce. Together with Apprenti, EDC invites companies with advanced manufacturing operations to hire registered apprentices. Apprentices will tentatively begin in Summer 2024, with training completed and full-time onboarding in Winter 2026.


EDC recognizes talent as the cornerstone of economic growth and works to leverage employer engagement, work-based learning, and unique company solutions to broaden San Diego’s pool of diverse, qualified talent. In complement, Seattle-based non-profit Apprenti provides the resources to support employers in developing a strong apprenticeship pipeline. Through this partnership catalyzed during EDC’s Leadership Trip, the Apprenti program sources, assesses, trains, and places talent for participating companies. The program also manages the administrative process of registering through state and federal systems, including access to braided funding to support program investments.


Companies that require a workforce with advanced manufacturing related technical skills but not a traditional degree. Example roles include:

  • Optics Manufacturing Technician
  • Electromechanical Technician
  • Precision Machinist
  • Automation and Controls Technician
  • Instrumentation and Controls Technician
  • CNC Operator and Programmer
  • And other highly technical manufacturing roles



  • Summer 2024: Apprentices begin training in the classroom half-time, and working on the job half-time.
  • Winter 2026: Apprentices complete classroom training, apprenticeship ends, and employers bring individuals on full-time.


  • EDC investors: $3,000 per apprentice
  • Non-investors: $3,500 per apprentice

Fee covers services by Apprenti and EDC in sourcing talent, tests screening candidates, completing state and federal administrative requirements, providing ongoing apprenticeship programmatic support, and coordinating with training partners around funding and qualified curriculum. It does not include the cost of related technical instruction (which could be as low as $0) nor wages for the apprentice, which must be at least 60 percent of the employer first year wage paid to employees in this role at your company.

Interested in bringing on apprentices in your IT Teams? We can help with that too!

To learn more or join the cohort, contact:

Taylor Dunne
Taylor Dunne

Director, Talent Initiatives