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    What is Registered Apprenticeship? DOL’s Registered Apprenticeship program is a structured occupational training program that combines on-the-job training and related instruction, in which workers learn the practical and conceptual skills required for a skilled occupation, craft or trade.  In the past, apprenticeships have been stereotyped as blue color occupations or unionized jobs only.   A registered apprenticeship is more than just a blue collar position, with over 1,000 different occupations, Registered Apprenticeships can be created in  several industries such as: Health Care, Energy,  Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Hospitality, Geospatial, Biotechnology, Aerospace, Transportation, Finance, Agriculture, etc… In the same way, Registered Apprenticeships can be created for a single or multiple employers, has both union and non-union programs and can be as short as one year.  There are many different models of Registered Apprenticeship programs.

    So what makes an occupation apprenticeable? In order to create a Registered Apprenticeship program, the occupation or trade must involve a clearly defined role, commonly recognized across an industry, a specific set of skills learned in a practical way thru structured, supervised on-the-job learning, the option of completing the training with  at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job learning to attain a level of full competence, and related instruction to supplement the on-the-job learning, comprised of  a minimum of 144 hours.

    Why do an apprenticeship? There are several reasons for doing a Registered Apprenticeship. The first is the that the system can fit into your organization’s overall human resource strategy.  The second is that it gives you an opportunity to develop key talent within your organization and utilize the transference of skills that senior performers may be able to highlight for new or existing employees. The third component is that it is a way of distinguishing between talent and skill.  Skill is mastering techniques and talent is reengineering the entire process itself. It also allows you to develop along the training and expertise the cultural values and aspects of your organization, which is why people generally stay and commit to the organization/business.

    Benefits for your organization: In creating a Registered Apprenticeship program you will ensure that your program has a level of credibility to your training program by meeting approved standards.  Your will receive consulting services from DOL in the design, development, and structure of your Registered Apprenticeship program that are specific to your organization.  Upon completion of the program, the apprentice will earn a nationally recognized credential. This credential be used as a recruiting tool to attract prospective applicants. Your company will attract veterans and those transitioning out of the service since they will be able to utilize benefits from the GI Bill through the VA and Skills Bridge Program through the  Department of Defense.  There is a direct correlation between the Registered Apprenticeship program and an increased employee retention / reduce turnover costs, additionally, you will have a system that can track your return on investment of training dollars invested.

    For more information please check out the YouTube video on apprenticeships found HERE


    Assumed Names in Ellis and Dallas Counties

    Texas Business and Commerce Code Title 5 Chapter 71 requires all persons conducting business or providing professional services to file an Assumed Name Certificate in the County in which the person(s) will be conducting their business.

    For information regarding Ellis County Assumed Names, click HERE

    For information regarding Dallas County Assumed Names, click HERE 

    Building Permits For City of Waxahachie

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    Job Bank

    Members of the Waxahachie Chamber can post jobs at no charge on this website.  As a member wanting to post a job, log in and post a job today.  For those seeking a job, click HERE to see the Chamber job bank.

    Navarro College Small Business Development Center

    Navarro SBDC is a non-profit, professional agency jointly funded and sponsored by Navarro College and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    Click HERE

    National Association for the Self-Employed

    The NASE provides direct access to experts, benefits, and consolidated buying power that traditionally had been available only to large corporations. For additional information, visit the NASE website HERE 

    Small Business Administration

    Whether you’re already up and running or just getting started, the SBA can help. To review SBC resources, clic HERE

    Texas Association of Business

    TAB is the voice of the business community in Austin. Find more information about TAB HERE

    Texas Sales & Use Tax Permits

    Office of the Texas Comptroller – The Comptroller is the chief steward of the state’s finances, acting as tax collector, chief accountant, chief revenue estimator and chief treasurer for all of state government.

    The Comptroller’s office is at your service. Contact them by phone or e-mail, or visit one of their Field Offices. If you are looking for information regarding Texas Sales & Use Tax Forms, please click HERE.

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    With over 3 million businesses, Chambers and Associations in its membership, the U.S. Chamber serves as the eyes and ears in Washington advocating for business and taking action on legislative issues that impact your business. To learn more about the U.S. Chamber and its policy related work, click HERE  Additionally, don't miss out on the U.S. Chamber's guides and resources to starting a small business

    Waxahachie Codes & Ordinances

    For information on Waxahachie's codes and ordinances, click HERE

    Waxahachie Economic Development Center

    The team at the Waxahachie Economic Development Center understands the complexity of the site selection process and offers years of experience to help make your project run smoothly. The Center's combined 40 years of expertise provides the resources you need to make the most informed location decision with the least amount of your time and effort. To learn more about the comprehensive services the Waxahachie EDC offers, please contact 469-309-4120.

    Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas

    The local branch of the Texas Workforce Commission, dedicated to matching up job-seekers with companies looking for specific skill-sets. The local office, located in Waxahachie, has access to statewide databases for potential employees in every industry. In addition, Workforce Solutions provides hiring grants for various industries and a wide array of training initiatives. For more information, click HERE

    The Waxahachie Project's Volunteer Mobilization & Service Provider Platforms

    The Resident Engagement and Volunteer Mobilization Task Forces of The Waxahachie Project announced the launch of 2 platforms to increase community awareness and engagement in our community. This has the ability to impact leaders, ridsents, and those in need. If you use vounteers for your organization or if you are a service provider, the time is now to sign on these platforms!