Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) . The device is being programmed by a young male to measure the physical geometrical characteristics of an object. The operator is concentrating on the procedure. A display screen is seen in the background.News about the success of apprentice programs to help close the skills gap are flourishing in the media. Here is an October 26th article in Industry Week, Remedy the Skills Gap with Apprenticeship Program. This activity reminds us about the great resources we have right here in our region, like:


Greater Oh-Penn Apprenticeship Network

A five-year grant from the Department of Labor has created local manufacturing network apprenticeship programs in Ohio and Pennsylvania. This network has a model for manufacturing apprenticeships and reimbursement for local companies who use it.  Check out more information and their Apprenticeship Toolbox here.

STEM Manufacturing Internship Program

Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) adds a special twist on the concept of apprenticeships with their STEM Manufacturing Internship. This program works with manufacturers to scope a specific project to be completed by a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) student from a regional college or university. This program saves companies time and money during the process of selecting the ideal candidate. The relationships that NWIRC has cultivated among regional colleges and universities, which includes attending numerous career fairs, provides a significant database to search for specific qualifications needed for the project. The program goal is to provide opportunities for manufacturers to evaluate future employees, provide talent for a project that can have significant impact on their business, and also give the intern new skills and “real-world” experiences. Find more information here.