National Apprenticeship Week 2018 – November 12-18th
In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, the Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network brings you the following employers and an apprentice talking about the benefits of apprenticeship and their participation in the grant. This week the Apprenticeship Network is also kicking off its series of webinars for employers who are taking advantage of the grant. This month’s topic is RTI & OJT Tracking. We’ll also feature an article on Arconic and their apprentices at the Niles, Ohio facility.
The Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network
The Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network (The Network) spans 14 counties along the Ohio and Pennsylvania border. These counties include Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, Geauga and Ashtabula in Ohio, as well as Mercer, Lawrence, Erie, Crawford, Venango, Clarion, Warren, and Forest in Pennsylvania.
This region has 2,833 manufacturing openings annually. In addition 6,686 adults over age 55 will retire from the industry within the next 10 years. Manufacturing employees are needed across these 14 counties. The United States Department of Labor recognized this need and awarded the Network a $3 million grant focused on building local manufacturing apprenticeship programs over the next five years.
The project will target advanced manufacturing occupations, leading to Industrial Engineer and Mechanical Engineer positions, and will serve 500 participants in the14 Network counties. The Network will fill critical gaps through targeted recruitment of workers from specific demographics- including veterans, unemployed/underemployed, low-skilled individuals and foster children.
Click below to learn about the benefits of a registered apprenticeship program, available grant funding, background information and grant goals.