Earlier this month, the Advanced Manufacturing Prep Training Center in partnership with the City of Kent and the Port of Seattle was unveiled in Kent, Washington. The training center offers a suite of advanced manufacturing programs for local employers, incumbent workers and job seekers. According to PR Newswire, this is the first training center the Washington State-based Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) has operated to meet the needs of an industry with a growing skills gap and shortage of middle skilled workers in Greater Seattle.
Ben Wolters, Economic Development Director for the City of Kent, commented to PR Newswire that the city’s manufacturing and industrial economy is growing but qualified and skilled employees are harder to find. A training facility will help prepare a growing population of job seekers in the region to meet the needs of Greater Seattle’s manufacturers and help showcase the region as a top destination for foreign students.
Washington state is among the top states attracting international students to its educational institutions. According to data from Open Doors 2017, Washington ranks 11th among states with foreign students with an expenditure of more than $841 million.
AJAC will offer six programs which include pre-apprenticeship for advanced manufacturing, entry-level and advanced apprenticeships for incumbent workers, short-term training for local employers and master mentorship course to skill-up current mentors on the shop floor. The Port of Seattle sponsors the Advanced Manufacturing Prep Training Center in Kent in order to bring jobs and economic growth to the region.
Read the full press release on PR Newswire.