CareerSource Pasco Hernando and AmSkills Manufacturing Training & Apprenticeships have been awarded a $100,000 grant to encourage students to explored a career in advanced manufacturing.
The grant will benefit 16 local students, according to a news release.
It will provide hands-on skills training, exploration of multiple career tracks, tours to local manufacturers, and the opportunity for job placement or paid apprenticeship with a local manufacturing company.
The AmSkills Pre-Apprenticeship Program is designed to replicate a real working environment, to prepare students for real-world careers.
Students clock-in and out, meet attendance goals, participate in team-building exercises and complete hands-on projects in various career tracks. They also have the opportunity to tour local manufacturing companies and experience manufacturing firsthand.
The program also includes soft skills training — including communication, presentations, setting goals and others, the release says.
AmSkills has a “dual-coaching” system, which identifies mentors within participating manufacturing companies and provides a program coach.
The program coach and company mentor work together to help students develop skills needed to launch their career. Students are matched with a manufacturer whose culture and environment is complementary for both participants.
Assessing technical and soft skills prior to placement allows for greater success between the manufacturer and pre-apprentice.
At the end of the 90-day program, the manufacturer, pre-apprentice and program coach map out each students training plan, and the student may officially become an apprentice working for the manufacturer.
The Apprenticeship Program provides students with paid hands-on experiences through on-the-job training with top local manufacturers and trade businesses, which helps students gain greater insight to determine their career goals.
For more information about the program or to register, contact AmSkills at (727) 301-1282, ext. 126, or visit their website at AmSkills.org.
Published May 01, 2019