LEWISBURG — Sergio Morales, General Manager of Lewisburg Container (a subsidiary of Pratt Industries Inc.) recently announced his company’s latest step toward improved opportunities for current and future employees.
With the intent to help meet the growing need for a quality and safe workforce, Lewisburg Container adopted the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship program. The IMT is a nationally recognized apprenticeship registered with the U.S. Department of Labor through ApprenticeOhio that trains front-line manufacturing production workers in skills that manufacturers desire.
Morales and plant personnel worked with Harold Niehaus, Career Connections Director of the Preble County Educational Service Center (ESC) and the company’s chosen apprenticeship sponsor, MVCTC to gain approval by the Apprentice Ohio for an Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Training Program.
Recent studies have shown that in the modern advanced manufacturing economy, most production workers need more than the basic skills which were required in previous times. To meet the demands for quality and safety in the workforce, employers need to attract and train the skilled workers who will grow this critical sector of the U.S. economy and replace those in an aging workforce.
As a part of the IMT Apprenticeship at Lewisburg Container, apprentices will learn to set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment; help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements; understand manufacturing as a business system that integrates multiple disciplines, processes, and stakeholders; and efficiently and safely manage time and materials.
Along with this learning opportunity, the Lewisburg Container IMT Apprentice will be able to earn automatic pay raises while engaged in the program. The IMT Register Apprenticeship program will also allow seniors students in Preble County to engage early into this opportunity through a Pre-Apprenticeship program as a part of the Preble County ESC partnership with all five county schools. For more information on the Pre-Apprenticeship program contact Harold Niehaus at firstname.lastname@example.org.