Apprenticeship Works expands

Feb. 7, 2018

A nationwide apprenticeship program developed by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) continues to expand and is now serving manufacturers in 12 states.

The state of North Carolina is the latest to approve apprenticeship standards developed by Apprenticeship Works at RCBI.

Apprenticeship Works’ standards also are approved in West Virginia, Illinois and Indiana and under consideration in Maine and Tennessee. The other states in which Apprenticeship Works delivers training and consulting services are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

The approval of standards in North Carolina means that Apprenticeship Works can work directly with manufacturers in that state to establish and manage their apprenticeship programs, making apprenticeship more accessible and affordable. The first North Carolina manufacturer to partner with Apprenticeship Works is Weyerhaeuser located in Elkin, North Carolina.

More than 150 employees at 13 manufacturers are taking part in apprenticeships established in partnership with Apprenticeship Works. These programs are in high skilled, high wage occupations such as tool and die maker, mechatronics technician, quality inspection as well as many other in-demand fields.

“We are very excited that together with our partners we were able to develop a national model for workforce training right here in West Virginia,” said Charlotte Weber, Director and CEO of RCBI.   “We thank the US Department of Labor for supporting the West Virginia model by providing funding to replicate it across the country.“

Manufacturers now working with Apprenticeship Works range in size from six employees to more than 1,000. Manufacturers develop apprenticeship training programs through Apprenticeship Works as a way to improve the skills of their current workers, as well as new hires, said Lucinda Curry, workforce director at RCBI.

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