Kickoff Set for Apprenticeship Works

Jan. 8, 2016

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, the U.S. Department of Labor, and their partners will celebrate the kickoff of Apprenticeship Works, the National Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program at RCBI, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in downtown Huntington.

Manufacturers, community members and others are invited to the event, which begins at 1:30 p.m. at RCBI Huntington, 1050 Fourth Ave.

The Department of Labor awarded $4.9 million to RCBI to expand its model apprenticeship program. The kickoff event will present details about Apprenticeship Works, a five-year initiative that will make apprenticeships more affordable to employers and more accessible to employees and individuals considering careers in manufacturing.

“As the name of our program acknowledges: Apprenticeship Works,” said Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO of RCBI. “Enhancing worker skills is as vital for businesses here in West Virginia as it as across the nation, and our approach works. Apprenticeships offer a rewarding opportunity both for workers and advanced manufacturing companies to invest in their futures through a proven, ‘earn and learn’ training model.”

For the kickoff, RCBI will be joined by its partners: the U.S. Department of Labor, ToolingU-SME, America Makes, the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, West Virginia Women Work, Troops to Technology, Job Corps, Workforce Investment Boards, Mohawk Industries, Gestamp, universities and community colleges.

To register for the event, go to www.rcbi.org/form/kickoff.