The skills gap is an ongoing concern for manufacturing companies looking to hire new talent. Employers struggle to find people who have the right combination of knowledge, experience, and capabilities to thrive in complex industries.

For Hermle USA, Inc., investing in apprenticeships has been an effective way to close the skills gap and build a strong pipeline of talent over time. Manuel Merkt, President/COO of Hermle USA, says companies often hire graduates from four-year programs, but they don’t work out because they lack experience. He explains that if you add up all the costs of hiring and rehiring, an apprenticeship easily pays for itself – and is a much more valuable investment.

Watch our latest video to hear about the ICATT Apprenticeship Program from Merkt and a Hermle apprentice.