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SLO Partners Launches County’s First Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 01:46:49-04

San Luis Obispo County residents have a chance to learn new skills and enter a new career through accelerated training.

The county’s first Precision Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program is an eight-week boot camp beginning this month. Locals will receive leading-edge education with on-the-job training, a unique approach modeled after its successful tech programs, which have been nationally recognized.

Graduates of the boot camp will have the chance to interview for a paid apprenticeship with one of the program’s hiring partners, which include Trust Automation, Accuair, and Revasum, as well as many others.

There is no previous experience required. The average starting wage of a precision manufacturing technician is $15 an hour, progressing to $18 an hour, with more experienced manufacturing production workers earning an average salary of $59,799.

Skilled workers in manufacturing are currently in high-demand in SLO County, neighboring Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The program was built after SLO Partners interviewed local employers about their specific needs including employee skill sets and training.

“The local precision manufacturing industry is expanding fast and is in need of talented individuals to help them grow,” said Michael Specchierla, Executive Director, SLO Partners. “Our program offers the foundational training these employers are looking for, and creates connections between our boot camp graduates and the precision manufacturing business community. We are working with local employers who are interested in hiring apprentices as soon as possible.”

The ‘Tinker to Technician’ boot camp will be held in the evenings from Monday to Thursday in San Luis Obispo.

Those who are accepted into the program pay a $199 deposit which will be refunded after successfully attending all classes and completing all projects.

For more information visit this website.