Apprenticeship Works expands to 3 new states

October 23, 2018

The National Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Partnership at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) continues to expand, serving manufacturers tackling workforce needs through the development of registered apprenticeship programs.

RCBI launched Apprenticeship Works in 2016 with support from an American Apprenticeship Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Since then, the program has grown steadily.

Within the past two months, Apprenticeship Works’ standards have been approved in Alabama, Kentucky and Maine. The RCBI program also operates in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

The approval of standards in Alabama, Kentucky and Maine means that Apprenticeship Works can work directly with manufacturers in those states to establish and manage their apprenticeship programs, making apprenticeship more accessible and affordable.

Nearly 300 employees at 17 companies are taking part in apprenticeship training established in partnership with Apprenticeship Works. These programs are in high-skilled, high-wage occupations such as tool and die maker, CNC programmer, mechatronics technician, quality inspector as well as many other in-demand fields.

“We are proud that Apprenticeship Works is assisting manufacturers across the country in tackling critical workforce needs,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “Apprenticeship is helping narrow the nation’s skills gap.”

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.

Apprenticeship Works also offers pre-apprenticeship programs for women, disadvantaged youth and veterans. More than 200 people have participated in these pre-apprenticeship programs.

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