While people continue to chant “Made in the USA” and promote manufacturing, most manufacturing companies still have difficulties finding skilled employees. Many find it tough just to get people who want to become skilled in the manufacturing trades. However, one program continues to work for manufacturers in North Carolina.
Apprenticeship 2000, a model partnership formed in the 1990s by Blum Inc., Max Daetwyler Corp., Sarstedt Group, Ameritech Die & Mold, and Timken Bearings, was formed to train employees guaranteed to meet the skills needed by these companies. The first apprentices were hired and slated for graduation in 2000, thus the name. The goal is to close the skilled labor gap and reduce the shortage of skilled technicians. Pfaff Molds jointed the partnership in 2008, with Siemens Energy and Chiron USA joining in 2011-2012.
The program has been quite successful, and recently won the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Workforce Development in the Innovative Partnership category. Governor Bev Perdue announced the award winners two weeks ago. ...