Apprenticeship partners host national forum

April 20, 2018

More than 70 industry, education, and workforce leaders gathered at a national forum highlighting apprenticeships in manufacturing, with a special focus on the launch of the first occupational framework for additive manufacturing, better known as 3D Printing.

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and America Makes organized the “Expanding Apprenticeship through Apprenticeship Works” event, hosted at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

The March 6 event featured Eric Seleznow, senior advisor to Jobs for the Future, as keynote speaker and he delivered the event’s defining presentation, “How Apprenticeship Programs work for Employers.” Other speakers included Mike Hripko, associate vice president of research at Youngstown State University, and Lucinda Curry, workforce director at RCBI.

Representatives from manufacturers – Martin Engineering, Weyerhaeuser and Butech Bliss – shared their insights about the benefits and challenges of apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing. Martin Engineering and Weyerhaeuser are participating in Apprenticeship Works.

A key highlight of the event was the launch of the nation’s first occupational framework for additive manufacturing, which will enhance the skill sets of 3D printing technicians and workers.After it is approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the framework will guide apprenticeships for 3D printing technicians. The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) assisted with development of the first framework.

Apprenticeship Works, the National Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Partnership at RCBI, assists manufacturers across the nation in building and expanding apprenticeship programs, using funding from the DOL’s American Apprenticeship Initiative. For more information, log on www.rcbi.org/online/apprenticeships or contact Lucinda Curry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .