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NCTAP Apprentices increasing company's productivity within first months - Robbie Earnhardt, founder and President of Superior Tooling, a leading mold maker based in Wake Forest, NC, reports on his new apprentices: "Just to prove that an Apprentice can be valuable even in 5 months, see the image here of Jacob van de Putte,  surface grinding parts for an aerospace customer that must be held to .0005 tolerance. Zachary Stoll did a job for us yesterday that was also pretty cool. Craig had him make a Roller Assembly that we needed on one of our machines. He used the Lathe and produced two of them. I’m telling you these guys are Awesome. An apprentice can become a valuable asset if used properly. Our guys are getting this opportunity only a couple of months into the program and they are doing great with it. And to be in engineering producing models and drawings, working in the office learning what it takes to run the business, helping to order parts, receiving supplies and putting them into inventory. We are seeing a benefit in our three already and they have only been here since September. I was going to hire another programmer for our CNC area and have spent about $2000.00 in running ads and flying one applicant in for an interview. Then this week my guys said “Hey, our apprentice will be here all day starting this summer. Why don’t we wait  a little bit and have use them?” This is what I call a HOME RUN. Our guys get it."

Robbie Earnhardt, Superior Tooling.

NCTAP Candidates - Registration for the spring Orientations is now open AT THIS LINK through February 29th. Requested companies and dates will be handled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Successful completion of an Orientation is a required step in the NCTAP selection process.

NCTAP's Founding Chairman invited to the White House

On September 8th I had the privilege to represent NCTAP at the national ApprenticeshipUSA Leader summit. It  verified that we are on the right track and probably far beyond a lot of the other programs. Therefore let’s keep going and increase the number of companies as well as apprentices in the next few years. While there I met again a very enthusiastic USDOL Secretary Perez. He spoke several times about “Apprenticeships, the other college, but without the debt”. I think this sentence is a very strong one and we should use it frequently in all our communication channels. At the end of the meeting Vice President Biden spoke to the audience. He had a very inspiring speech and supports the Apprenticeship movement a lot.  Lukas Schoenwetter, founding Chairman, NCTAP

NCTriangle Apprenticeship Program   ... the degree that pays ... the other four-year degree

2016 Summit a Success -  Organized by NCTAP and hosted by Wake Tech's Advanced Manufacturing Center on January 8th, the 2016 Summit meeting of manufacturing apprenticeships was a great success, attracting over 100 leaders from industry, education and government. See this press release from Wake Tech. Thanks to everyone for attending, and to Wake Tech for hosting this first-ever event.Pictures (Flickr) from Bob Witchger, NCCCS.     Pictures (Dropbox) from Natalie Heath, Wake Tech.   ZIPPED FILE OF ALL PRESENTATIONS.   Summary from Roundtable Discsussions (PDF).

Thanks go out to area school Career Development Coordinators and CTE teachers during our recent visits.  For the 2015-2016 recruting cycle, the nine NCTAP partner companies visited a record 41 high schools in an eight-county region around the Triangle since early October, 2015. We met around 1000 interested students in these schools, double the number from the past year. See the picture on the left what NCTAP/GSK representative Mike Fraticelli was greeted with when he visited East Wake High School on December 11th! Thank you Ms. Katie Coble, the Career Development Coordinator at the school.