Apprenticeship Program Alliance Partners

Intermediaries play a crucial role in the development and management of apprenticeships. They provide subject matter expertise and the technical assistance necessary to help establish successful apprenticeship programs for advanced manufacturers. Intermediaries bring multiple employers together to create an economy of scale in providing shared resources for the support of On the Job Training (OJT) and Related Technical Instruction (RTI).

The Alliance Partners listed below represent 5 different regions of New York State. MACNY (Central New York), RTMA (Rochester), COI (The Hudson Valley), MAST (The Southern Tier and Buffalo) and CEG (Albany and The Capital District).

For more information or to get involved, please contact the representative in your region.


MACNY currently sponsors seven of the most desired trades in Central New York. They work closely with the New York State Department of Labor in order to place skilled apprentices with small and medium businesses. Doing so helps bolster the manufacturing industry, which is currently experiencing a skills gap that, if continued to be ignored, can lead to over 2 million jobs going unfulfilled in the next 10 years.

Twenty-first century apprenticeships are a powerful solution to equip highly trained workers with the skills they need to contribute to an employer’s success and the economy as a whole.



RTMA has its origins in workforce development dating back to the 1950s. Recognizing the need for a steady flow of qualified workers, the owners of tooling and machining companies joined and created the Rochester Tooling and Machining Institute. The school generated hundreds of candidates for the manufacturing workforce.

In the mid-1990s, RTMA conveyed its school to Monroe Community College. In 2011, it became independent, changed the name from Rochester Tooling and Machining Association to The Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association, keeping the acronym, “RTMA.”


Council Of Industry

The Council of Industry is pleased to lead the New York State Manufacturers Alliance Apprenticeship Program (NYSMAAP) in the Hudson Valley. NYSMAAP is an employer-led public-private pilot program for registered apprentices in manufacturing occupations.

This apprenticeship program has two basic elements. The first, On-the-Job Training (OJT), consists of a journey-level, craft person capable and willing to share their experience with an apprentice, in a hands-on manner. The second, Related Instruction (RI), consists of learning more theoretical or knowledge-based aspects of a craft.



The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) is a pro-active leader, committed to enhancing the economic strength of the region, by acting as a primary resource for information and assistance to promote manufacturing excellence. MAST is committed to assuring the best possible business environment for manufacturing to prosper.

MAST represents the interests of manufacturers in a region that includes over 450 manufacturers. Manufacturers represent approximately 19% of the regional workforce and are the backbone of the regional economy.



The Center for Economic Growth is the professional economic and business development engine serving as the primary point of contact for businesses interested in growing in or moving to New York’s Capital Region.

Looking to relocate or expand? In need of entrepreneurship or workforce training services? Interested in business growth resources, support, or opportunities? Need help sourcing quality talent? Our professional staff is ready to help guide you.

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Martha Ponge

Director of Apprenticeship


Meghan McBennett

Business Outreach Coordinator