RCBI, America Makes Host National Apprenticeship Forum

Feb. 5, 2018

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and America Makes are working together to accelerate apprenticeships in Additive Manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing.

A national forum on March 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, is being hosted by RCBI and America Makes to bring together industry partners and others interested in expanding apprenticeship in 3D printing to serve the manufacturing industry. During the free event, RCBI and America Makes will launch the nation’s first apprenticeship framework for additive manufacturing technicians.

“This national forum is an opportunity for industry and others to find out what an apprenticeship program can do for them,” said Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO of RCBI. “Additive manufacturing is growing tremendously, and now is the time to tackle skills development through apprenticeship programs.”

During the forum, “Expanding Apprenticeship through Apprenticeship Works,” representatives from Mohawk Flooring, Weyerhaeuser, Butech Bliss, Reddog Industries and Martin Engineering will share their insights about apprenticeships.

The featured speaker Eric Seleznow, senior advisor to Jobs for the Future, will discuss how apprenticeship programs work for employers across industries. A former U.S. Department of Labor official, Seleznow was instrumental in the launch of the American Apprenticeship Initiative. In 2015, RCBI received an American Apprenticeship Initiative grant of $4.9 million to expand apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing.

Also at the March 6 event, RCBI Workforce Director Lucinda Curry will outline resources available to help manufacturers establish their own customized apprenticeship program through Apprenticeship Works, the National Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Partnership at RCBI.

Apprenticeship Works is already working with 13 manufacturers in 12 states to create customized apprenticeship programs.

“Apprenticeship programs benefit companies by upskilling their incumbent workforce and training new hires,” Curry said. “Apprenticeship Works will help manufacturers customize an apprenticeship program that benefits their bottom line and increases their employees’ skills and knowledge.”

America Makes, the national accelerator for additive manufacturing, is the flagship institute for Manufacturing USA, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. A founding member of America Makes, RCBI encourages job creation, economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting and encouraging use of additive and advanced manufacturing technologies.

For more information and to register for the forum, go here: http://bit.ly/2Ew75Be