Governor Pat McCrory launched two new apprenticeship programs during a weeklong push to encourage more employers to use the training programs to improve productivity.
The Guilford Apprenticeship Partners and Career Accelerator Program will both train high school students in mechatronics and tool and die making. (The Career Accelerator Program also offers more areas of study.) Apprentices will earn an AAS degree and a Journeyman certificate after the successful completion of 6,400 hours of on-the-job learning and 1,600 hours of college education.
During the launch on Thursday, November 5, McCrory highlighted the need for apprenticeship programs and their ability to bridge the skills gap. He also reiterated his call for the state’s education system to equip 67 percent of job seekers with post-secondary training by 2025.