New Podcast: German-style Apprenticeships in the U.S.

As part of The Big Pond podcast series, Rhoda Metcalf discusses the labor challenges U.S.-based manufacturers are facing and speaks with executives and apprentices from Diemasters Manufacturing, WITTENSTEIN, BBS Automation, and Herrmann Ultrasonics to get their experience and perspective on growing their own workforce through the ICATT Apprenticeship Program, the only program in the Midwest…

Leading the Way: Veterans in the Workforce

High-tech manufacturing companies are grappling with a vast talent shortage that is threatening the future of the industry. With a projected skills shortage growing to 2 million unfilled positions by 2025, manufacturers must invest in workforce development to ensure their future success. When recruiting new employees, manufacturers would be wise to tap into a talent…

Meet Two ICATT Apprentices

For Thomas Hein and Alexis Ojeda, the ICATT Apprenticeship Program has opened doors to life-changing opportunities. Hein is a current ICATT apprentice and Ojeda just graduated; both are learning valuable hands-on skills working at leading manufacturers, while also earning tuition-free associate degree aligned with their career goals. “Free college tuition, the pathway to the future,…

Case Study: Richard Wolf Medical Instruments

Richard Wolf Medical Instruments, a leading manufacturer of technologies for endoscopic diagnosis and therapy, has a long history of training apprentices at their parent company in Germany. It was a natural fit for the manufacturer to become an ICATT Network Company, offering apprenticeships for advanced manufacturing technicians. “I was an apprentice myself,” said Director of…

Meet ICATT at IMTS 2018

Hosted every other year in Chicago, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is the leading manufacturing technology and machinery trade show in North America. The ICATT Apprenticeship Program is a proud participant in IMTS 2018, which will be held at the McCormick Place convention facility from September 10 to 15. What to Expect from IMTS…