Apprenticeships Benefit Manufacturers, Employees

Dec. 3, 2014

Are you interested in enhancing the machining skills of your employees? To help individual manufacturers develop and enhance their machinist-employees, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) is seeking companies to participate in registered Machinist Apprenticeship Programs in Huntington and Bridgeport.

Apprentices from the participating companies will meet two evenings a week during non-work hours at the RCBI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Bridgeport and Huntington. RCBI's experienced instructors will deliver classes in areas such as safety, manual milling and CNC programming. As part of their efforts, the apprenticesapply their knowledge on the job during their regular work hours as they learn more specialized skills. 

By offering the skills training in a group setting, RCBI is able to deliver the related classroom and shop training to more trainees at an affordable rate.

The Machinist Apprenticeship Program is “competency-based,” meaning that apprentices progress through the training by mastering certain skills. This enables employers to measure progress and reward individual initiative.

Through the apprenticeship, individualscan earn up to 12 credentials from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and earn a certificate of completion of apprenticeship. RCBI's registered apprenticeship program is certified by NIMS and recognized as meeting requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship. 

As a workforce development model, apprenticeships serve both companies and individual employees alike. By offering an apprenticeship, companies can recruit and retain dedicated individuals. Employees involved in an apprentice program earn a wage while improving their skills and qualify for college credit through a localcommunity and technical college.

For additional information about participating in the group apprenticeship, call Lucinda Curry at 304.720.7742 or 800.469.RCBI (7224), or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .