Connecting ICATT Apprentice candidates and ICATT Network Companies; highlighting a long-term solution to shortage of highly-skilled workers
Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT), the only apprenticeship program in the Midwest fully benchmarked on the German Dual Education System, celebrates National Apprenticeship Week by hosting events to connect potential ICATT Apprentices and ICATT Network Companies.
“Every year, high-tech manufacturers and companies with complex automation or logistics struggle to find talent,” said ICATT Apprenticeship Program head Mario Kratsch, “and the problem is growing. With an estimated shortage of two million highly-skilled workers in the US in the next ten years, the ICATT Apprenticeship Program is an important workforce development strategy – a sustainable solution that provides a pipeline of talent over time.”
During National Apprenticeship Week, ICATT Network Companies are hosting more than 10 open house events to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries. Click here to learn more about the events taking place and how to register.
“The ICATT apprenticeship program is an excellent opportunity for both the apprentice and the company,” said Hans Kraus, Corporate Director of Manufacturing for Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation. “The apprentice gets professional training and education without student debt – the company will have an excellent skilled employee after successful completion of the training. The program was long overdue and urgently needed to build up a highly skilled workforce.”
While apprenticeship programs vary in rigor and scope, the ICATT Apprenticeship Program is the only apprenticeship program in the Midwest that combines theory, practice, and hands-on work, resulting in highly-trained employees that allow companies to keep pace with market demands.