As businesses and governmental agencies come to recognize the value of investing in trade and vocational training programs, the IAM welcomes more partnerships to fill the growing need for skilled workers.
For more than a century the Machinists Union has fought to include apprenticeship training at many locations where our members work. The union has always understood the importance on-the-job training, taught by experienced workers who have a complete understanding of the necessary skills, complimented by up to date classroom learning.
Economic research now shows that a four-year bachelor’s degree, with its likely burden of student debt, will not result in the so-called “college premium” for everyone. Skilled trade programs, like those promoted by the IAM, can offer workers solid careers with good income.
“Our members work in many industries that require experience and skills not found in a training manual alone,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr.
“Increasing apprenticeship programs with employers has been important to the IAM in the past, and that growth will continue in the future.”
As part of New Jersey’s Youth Transitions to Work program, IAM District 15 and IAM CREST work in conjunction with the state and employers to offer high school seniors apprenticeship training in automotive and diesel technology. Last month they participated in the Department of Labor annual National Apprenticeship Week.
In Alabama, the IAM Local 65 has partnered with Northwest Shoals Community College in an apprenticeship program to train skilled machinists for the Tennessee Valley Authority. The next four-year program begins in January 2020.
Through IAM apprenticeship programs, workers receive the opportunity to learn their trade through hands-on training and technical education. Participating employers gain competent and highly skilled employees.