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ERIC Number: ED567851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship. Work-Based Learning in Action
Scott, Geri
Jobs For the Future
This case study, one of a series of publications exploring effective and inclusive models of work-based learning, finds that entry-level occupations in manufacturing have historically been considered unskilled jobs for which little or no training is necessary. As a consequence, employers have experienced high turnover among new-hires, and incumbent workers have had limited opportunity to gain the skills needed for career advancement. The Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship program improves the knowledge and technical skills of manufacturing production workers, increasing their productivity and problem-solving skills, as well as their understanding of the overall manufacturing process, quality assurance practices, and basic equipment maintenance. Employers who have implemented the IMT Apprenticeship program report improved productivity, improved job retention, reduced scrap and waste, and less equipment downtime for maintenance. The IMT Apprenticeship program also prepares entry-level workers to be trained for very high-skilled technical manufacturing occupations, often with advanced standing, promoting career advancement for workers and helping to address severe skills shortages for employers.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL)
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future