National apprenticeship partnership expands
June 29, 2017
Companies in Indiana and Illinois have joined Apprenticeship Works, the Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Partnership at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).
Based in Indianapolis, Bowers Envelope, a division of SupremeX Inc., manufactures and distributes envelopes to commercial customers. Martin Engineering, based in Neponset, Ill., solves engineering problems in the bulk handling industry.
Apprenticeship Works currently serves manufacturers in nine states: Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Apprenticeship Works is RCBI’s national apprenticeship partnership that is creating apprenticeships in 17 manufacturing occupations across the United States. The partnership works directly with manufacturers to establish and manage customized programs using RCBI’s collaborative model to educate workers and bridge the skills gap in American manufacturing.
Companies that offer registered apprenticeship programs improve productivity and profitability, reduce turnover and attract better applicants. Apprenticeships offer employees the opportunity to earn and learn, improving skills while they are on the job.
“The apprenticeship program has turned my job into a career,” said Jacob McNamee, a Tool and Die apprentice at Martin Engineering.