RCBI launches new tool for industry

Manufacturers struggling to fill skilled jobs have an additional tool at their disposal – a registered apprenticeship training program for Composite Technicians that was recently approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The new apprenticeship was announced by Lucinda Curry, Workforce Director for the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) today at a meeting of the Composites Coalition in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Composite Technician Apprenticeship prepares individuals for work in many industries, including aerospace, aeronautics, automotive and others. Using composite materials, the composite technician performs a variety of tasks including fabrication, assembly, preparation, finishing and repair.

Apprenticeship Works partnered with IACMI-The Composites Institute®, its members and industry partners, on the vetting of on-the-job competencies and related technical instruction to create a program to upskill employees on the use of composite materials and processes.

“IACMI is dedicated to building the workforce of tomorrow,” said Joannie Harmon Heath, Workforce Manager of IACMI. “The apprenticeship program is critical to ensuring we’re able to support the need for a skilled workforce through collaboration and industry support, while providing diverse opportunities in the advanced manufacturing and composites fields.”

“Manufacturers across the country are struggling to fill their skilled positions,” said Curry, Workforce Director for RCBI. “We work with companies in a number of states to design apprenticeship programs that meet their specific needs. Our clients cite many benefits to registered apprenticeship programs, including improved hiring, training and retention.”

Apprenticeship Works is supported by an American Apprenticeship Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Manufacturers in 18 states have partnered with Apprenticeship Works to launch apprenticeship programs in 20 different advanced manufacturing occupations.
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