“It Will Greatly Expand Our Capacity And Enhance Our Ability To Train Technical Workers To Meet Workforce Demands.” - Wake Tech Opens New Wakeworks® Apprenticeship Training Center In Raleigh, North Carolina
(RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA) - Apprentices in Skilled Trades, Mechatronics and Robotics have new state-of-the-art labs to train in as Wake Tech hosted a ribbon cutting and celebrated the opening of the new WakeWorks® Apprenticeship Center, the most comprehensive Apprenticeship Training Facility in North Carolina.
Located at the college’s Beltline Education Center, the new center includes the Poole WakeWorks® Apprenticeship Lab for students in HVAC, Carpentry, Plumbing and Electrical Programs. I t also includes a $1 million state-of-the art Mechatronics and Robotics Lab currently being used to train Amazon Apprentices.
“We’re beyond excited to open the WakeWorks® Apprenticeship Center,” Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls said. “It will greatly expand our capacity and enhance our ability to train Technical Workers to meet Wake County workforce demands.”
The WakeWorks® Apprenticeship program launched in February 2020, when Wake County committed to providing up to $500,000 per year to expand Apprenticeship options in Skilled Trades and Technician Programs - where demand is high.
Apprenticeship is a combination of working and learning that benefits both the Apprentice and the employer.
WakeWorks® Apprentices earn a paycheck and receive valuable on-the-job training at a local company - all while pursuing a degree or professional credential through Wake Tech.
WakeWorks® funds help to pay tuition, fees and other expenses.
Apprentices are awarded an official Journey Worker’s Certificate upon completion of the program, signifying that they have mastered the skills in their field.
WakeWorks® Apprenticeship also helps local industry meet staffing needs while also developing new talent.
Currently, WakeWorks® Apprentices are working at 50 local companies across Wake County, earning income while receiving classroom instruction and valuable on-the-job training.
Donald Edney, a WakeWorks® Electrical Apprentice working for Pepsi Bottling Ventures, says the program has turned his life around: “When I was paired with Pepsi, I tripled my income, and I’ve been able to bring my family’s situation above water. We’re moving forward. I’m investing in myself, and I’m working for an employer who’s investing in me - and that makes me feel more confident and secure in my job.”
To Read This Apprenticeship And Training Labor News Story In Its Entirety, Go To: www.waketech.edu/post/wt-news-story/10485