Apprenticeship Program Application Deadline Extended

December 15, 2016|

buzzonbizmtuBy Kelsey Morrow

This holiday season a local company is giving high school students the gift of time.

Rolls-Royce has extended the application deadline for its apprenticeship program until Wednesday, January 11. The apprenticeship program takes place at its MTU America facility in Graniteville, and is open to current 10th grade students.

Every year, MTU America selects six high schoolers to participate in its two-year program. As MTU apprentices, students split time between the Aiken County Career & Technology Center and the Graniteville facility, where they spend 1,000 hours on the shop floor putting real-world skills to work.

“In addition to the critical soft-skills our apprentices gain, they also practice highly sought-after skills like assembly techniques, hand tooling, CNC machine work, manual mills and quality control tools,” Jeremy Diebel, senior machining manager and apprenticeship coordinator at MTU America, said.

To apply to MTU America’s 2017-2019 apprenticeship program, interested sophomores in Aiken County must submit an application, high school transcripts, two teacher recommendation forms and a photocopy of their driver’s license.

MTU America’s plant began its US-based apprenticeship program in 2012 in partnership with Aiken County’s high schools, its career and technology center and Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the S.C. Technical College System. As the first-ever registered high school apprentice program in South Carolina, MTU America’s program gives high school juniors and seniors a structured training system to obtain work skills immediately sought by employers for lucrative careers in manufacturing. Since its inception, more than thirty students have participated in the program.

Upon passing the program’s final exam, MTU’s apprentices receive certification as an industrial mechanic (Basic), an international credential that qualifies them to work in any manufacturing facility in South Carolina or Germany. Graduates of the apprenticeship program are armed with the skills needed to pursue high-paying full-time employment with MTU or other area manufacturers. They can also choose to continue their education at two- and four-year institutions.

MTU America’s German-modeled apprenticeship program has gained much attention since its launch, including honors from the South Carolina Department of Education and the Association for Career and Technical Education for its ingenuity in technical education and community partnership.

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