The IMT apprenticeship was developed to meet manufacturing firms’ needs to upgrade the skills of the frontline production workers.
The IMT on-the-job learning and related instruction are relevant in manufacturing settings ranging from food processing or metal fabrication to plastics or bio-medical production, and can be customized to a particular firm’s criteria.
Upon completion of training, workers earn nationally recognized manufacturing journey worker credentials
The 18-month or 3,000-hour apprenticeship trains workers to:
• Set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment
• Help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements
• Understand manufacturing as a business system that integrates multiple disciplines, processes, and stakeholders
• Efficiently and safely manage raw materials and consumables
Hybrid competency-based apprenticeship involves:
2,736 hours on-the-job learning
264 hours related classroom instruction
Demonstrated skill attainment according to Job Book; 4 MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) tests passed, OSHA 10, First Aid/CPR certifications, and completion of shop math, communication, and train-the-trainer courses
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and Keystone Development Partnership (KDP) are partners with AFL-CIO Working for America (www.workingforamerica.org/) and Jobs For the Future (www.jff.org). The Next Gen Industrial Manufacturing Technician project is funded by a five-year USDOL American Apprenticeship grant. The nationally registered IMT hybrid apprenticeship focuses on entry-level workers. This program can be combined into higher skilled apprenticeships. The project will enhance and expand apprenticeship in manufacturing to promote industry growth. The goal is to make the IMT apprenticeship an industry standard to achieve a highly skilled workforce starting with entry levels of the production process.
Apprenticeships are making a comeback thanks in part to bipartisan support among lawmakers. In the last two years, Washington has allocated $265 million to spur programs. President Obama's secretary of labor, Thomas E. Perez, a strong proponent, attempted to rebrand apprenticeships to appeal to educators and parents. During his tenure, the department established a partnership between registered community colleges and sponsors that allowed on-the-job-training to count as academic credit toward a degree.
"Apprenticeship is the other college, except without the debt," said Mr. Perez, who had a goal of doubling the number by 2018. Advocates are hopeful that the trend will continue with new leadership in Washington, given President Trump's familiarity with construction.
from The New York Times 2/1/2017
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