EAST HARTFORD, Conn.— Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford announced today that TRUMPF Inc., of Farmington and Wepco Plastics Inc., of Middlefield are two of nine U.S. employers to be named “2016 Young Adult Employer Champions – Pathways to Apprenticeship” by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
Now in its third year, the National Fund Young Adult Employer Champions Program honors employers who provide high-quality jobs and successfully hire and retain 18-25-year-old young adults who are unemployed or underemployed and not enrolled in school. Two area manufacturers were honored in each of the first two years of this award, noting the region’s commitment to young adult employment in this sector.
Added this year, the Young Adult Employer Champions – Pathways to Apprenticeship is for employers that participate in pre-apprenticeship and/or apprenticeship programs which prepare youth for in-demand occupations.
Christine Benz, training manager, TRUMPF, explained, “High-tech manufacturing firms like TRUMPF need innovative ideas to develop their workforce. Apprenticeship programs are a win-win for employers and young employees. Employers gain a highly-skilled and loyal workforce, and young employees gain high-quality, tuition free education and a promising start into a successful career.“