Bühler Aeroglide announces a new apprenticeship program that allows high school graduates to gain professional practice skills combined with a college education.
As co-founder and leading partner of the new North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program (NCTAP), Bühler Aeroglide now offers a post-secondary education that places emphasis on real-world training while participants receive a salary. The new employer-driven program is based on the European apprentice model in place at Bühler headquarters in Uzwil, Switzerland.
Bühler Aeroglide president Hansjoerg Ill says investment in education and the development of new talent is naturally consistent with the company's legacy, culture, and business strategies. It also demonstrates the company's longstanding commitment to the industries and customers it serves.
"We are proud to have had a key role in developing a new apprenticeship standard in North Carolina," said Ill. "In this program, apprentices get to learn everything about manufacturing as well as attend college. The result is a well-skilled, well-rounded graduate who is guaranteed employment and a professional career. At the same time, this new talent helps shape Bühler's wide portfolio of process technologies and products by interacting with customers, colleges, and research institutes. It also helps the company remain forward thinking and focused on the innovations that help grow our customers and the industry."
Bühler Aeroglide's first class of apprentices starts its paid apprenticeships this month. Students will learn everything about the manufacturing trade including automation, engineering and design, and building and fabrication. They will also attend school through Wake Technical Community College during the four-year program. Bühler has approximately 600 apprentices worldwide, going through similar programs.
An apprenticeship is a job that allows an individual to be paid while learning a particular set of skills through on-the-job training, leading to a nationally recognized credential. Because apprentices are paid to learn, they don't sacrifice employment income to pursue education and training. Apprentices can also gain an education while incurring little or no debt. Meanwhile, employers gain a pipeline of skilled workers that help increase productivity and boost the bottom line.
Bühler Aeroglide manufactures dryers, ovens, roasters, toasters, and hot air expansion systems for the food, feed, and industrial product markets.
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