Apprenticeship Expands Workforce and Changes Lives

Posted By: Krista Maurer on May 11, 2017

Tooling U-SME is proud to congratulate our partners at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) for being recognized by the Department of Labor (DOL) with the ApprenticeshipUSA Leader designation for developing and delivering apprenticeship education that meets the needs of employers and employees.

Through grant funding, RCBI offers apprenticeships to traditionally underrepresented populations such as women, minorities, and people with disabilities, expanding the pool of qualified workers. This fast-track program also can lead to direct certifications, establishing journey-level credentials desperately needed by today’s manufacturers.

The RCBI apprenticeship program not only meets the business needs of companies, but impacts the lives of many individuals, helping them achieve lifestyle success. Through the Tooling U-SME partnership, RCBI was able to established West Virginia Women Works, a pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship program that funds manufacturing training for single mothers and other women needing assistance, giving them opportunities for career advancement and the ability to provide a better life for themselves and their children. Veterans receive training that enables them to seamlessly transition from service to the manufacturing workforce. Underprivileged youth are given opportunities to work toward high-paying manufacturing jobs that often are otherwise unavailable to them.

By implementing a formal, competency-based pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship program, RCBI provides less-experienced workers with a clear outline of what they need to achieve to become successful employees. Helping manufacturers recruit and develop a skilled workforce is making a clear investment in the future of manufacturing.

To learn more about apprenticeship programs at Tooling U-SME, download a copy of our complimentary white paper, Apprenticeships: Modernizing a Proven Workforce Development Strategy.

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