RCBI’s apprenticeship initiative earns national designation

March 30, 2020

The Robert C. Byrd Institute’s Apprenticeship Works initiative has been designated by the U.S. Department of Labor as a national program qualified to support manufacturers across the country.

The designation means companies that work with Apprenticeship Works will be able to establish customized apprenticeship programs more quickly and therefore address their workforce needs faster.

With industry partners in 18 states, Apprenticeship Works provides consulting, development and related training, as well as a pathway to a college degree for individual apprentices.

“We’re excited to extend the reach of Apprenticeship Works,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI director & CEO. “Manufacturers across the country will benefit from this affordable registered apprenticeship program, which provides on-the-job training in their most critical occupations.”

Apprenticeship Works is supported by an American Apprenticeship Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

In its home state of West Virginia, Apprenticeship Works is now the largest manufacturing apprenticeship sponsor.

The program also has industry partners in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

Industry partners represent a variety of sectors, from wood products to aerospace. The advanced apprenticeship programs at those companies address more than a dozen in-demand, high-tech occupations, such as CNC (computer numerical control) operator/programmer, tool & die maker, maintenance technician and many more.

For more information about Apprenticeship Works, contact Becky Calwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304-720-7740.