RCAM to host registered apprenticeship open house

Whether you’re new to the labor force, changing careers, or just looking to expand your skills, there might be an apprenticeship that’s right for you.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Northeast State’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing will host an Apprenticeship Open House Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public and business community.

Cooper Standard, Domtar, Eastman Chemical Company, and other employers will be on hand to discuss successful Registered Apprenticeship Programs. Registered apprenticeships meet certain guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Labor and people who complete these programs receive a nationally recognized certificate of completion.

In addition to employers, RCAM staffers will also provide information and give facility tours. The RCAM currently serves more than 400 individuals enrolled in apprenticeship programs. Training programs offered through the facility include welding, programmable logic controller, process systems, mechanical systems, power transmission, industrial safety, and chemical process operations.

An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.
An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, formal apprenticeship programs connect job seekers who want to learn new skills with employers who want to train workers in jobs that use those skills.

An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. Workers earn a paycheck while learning the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.

Most programs last about 3-4 years; however, time may vary depending on the program. At the end of a registered apprenticeship program, apprentices get a nationally recognized certificate of completion as proof of their skills.
The benefits are substantial – companies that offer Registered Apprenticeship Programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits and more.

For apprentices, the average starting wage is more than $50,000, and workers will earn an average of $300,000 more over their lifetimes than their non-apprentice peers.

From careers in healthcare, energy and IT, to manufacturing, transportation and more, Registered Apprenticeship has dramatically impacted the lives, careers and opportunities for millions of workers, and more than 150,000 businesses over the last 75 years.

More than 1,100 occupations are approved for apprenticeships through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship. Visit www.doleta.gov/OA/occupations.cfm to get information and view a complete list of occupations.
The RCAM is located at 305 W. Main St. in downtown Kingsport. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susan Harris at 423.354.5275 or shharris@NortheastState.edu.

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