Schooled in the Trade

New internship and apprenticeship programs continue to blossom

Though they may fly under the radar, apprenticeship programs are invaluable to the American workforce, and they continue to flourish. A new training program in Iowa or Kentucky doesn’t always bring the saucy appeal of a big-time tech company headline, but that young engineer featured in it may well end up developing software for those same companies. Here are two recent examples of training in the trades that caught our eye. As always, please feel welcome to send us training stories from your corner of the world.

Kentucky Service Company launches intern program. Kentucky Service Company (KSC), the Lexington, Ky.-based full service electromechanical repair company, announced its new intern program Wednesday…and it’s already showing signs of promise.

James Reynolds, a senior at Tate’s Creek High School in Lexington and in his third year in the electrical program at Southside Technical Center, is interning with KSC for a position of electric motor winder.

Reynolds started with KSC in early September 2017 and has completed the EASA interactive learning program “How to Wind Three-Phase Stators.”

“James is a very fast learner who has completed and passed all of the tests associated with this program; he has been working with a 40 year veteran winder as his mentor,” KSC stated in an e-mail. “The first motor James rewound passed all electrical testing and is currently back in service to the customer. We are very proud of this young man’s work ethic and drive to continue learning, and we hope he continues with us for many years to come.”

KSC is partnering with Adecco USA, the Jacksonville-based recruiter, through the latter’s YES! (Youth Employment Solutions) Program.

Kentucky Service Company has internal training programs with TPC online and EASA seminars and webinars, as well as hands-on training for continuing education of all our employees. “Adding the YES! Program is an additional tool that we find helpful in filling the labor gap of our need for technical personnel,” the company stated.

Iowa state rep visits electrical training facilities. In the Quad Cities area, training programs have caught the eye of an Iowa state representative. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Iowa), wants apprenticeship and workforce training to be a focal point of her tenure in office.

David Aguirre (right), a journeyman electrical instructor, checks to see if U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D- Moline, assembled a smoke detector correctly during a tour of the teaching facilities at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 145 Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Moline, Iowa.—Brian Achenbach, Dispatch and Rock Island Argus photo

Bustos met with labor leaders in Moline, Ia., September 21 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 145 to see electrical training firsthand. Mrs. Bustos was a co-sponsor of house legislation in June that called for tax credits of up to $2,000 to be granted for businesses that offer paid apprenticeships, a bill that is currently under review in the House Ways and Means Committee.

Bustos was on the floor and in action—operating a conduit pipe bending machine, a hand-crank pipe bending apparatus, and assisting with the wiring of a fire alarm panel, the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus reported.
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