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Nov 17, 2016
GRANITEVILLE, S.C., U.S.A – Rolls-Royce hosted a signing day event on 15 November 2016 at its Graniteville facility to welcome its fifth class of MTU America apprentices and to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week. MTU is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
Jeremy Diebel, senior machining manager and apprenticeship coordinator at MTU America said: “MTU’s signing day event highlights a special moment in our apprentices’ careers. These high school students are signing on to an experience that will give them a solid resume, marketable technical skills and important soft skills. We are eager to have them join the MTU family and we are excited to help them grow.”
National Apprenticeship Week was established in 2015 to recognize apprenticeships for fostering innovation and prosperity in the US. It recognizes the important role apprenticeships play in offering employers an opportunity to develop a highly skilled workforce and career seekers the chance to earn a wage while learning the skills necessary to succeed.
MTU America’s plant began its US-based apprenticeship program in 2012, in partnership with Aiken County’s high schools, its career and technology center and the support of Apprenticeship Carolina. As the first-ever registered high school apprentice program in South Carolina, MTU America’s apprenticeship program gives high school juniors and seniors a structured training system to obtain work skills immediately sought by employers for careers in manufacturing. Since its inception, MTU has had more than thirty students go through the program.
Upon passing the program’s final exam, MTU’s apprentices receive certification as an industrial mechanic (Basic), an international credential that qualifies them to work in any manufacturing facility in South Carolina or Germany. Graduates of the apprenticeship program are armed with the skills needed to pursue high-paying full-time employment with MTU or other area manufacturers. They can also choose to continue their education at two and four year institutions.
MTU America’s German-modeled apprenticeship program has gained much attention since its launch, including honors from the South Carolina Department of Education and the Association for Career and Technical Education for its ingenuity in technical education and community partnership.
Rolls-Royce celebrated National Apprenticeship Week by welcoming its fifth class of MTU America apprentices at a signing day event on 15 November at its Graniteville facility. Top row, pictured left to right: William Hudson, Jeremy Diebel, Joerg Klisch, Arjonetta Gaillard, Natalie Fox and Quentin Cooks. Bottom row, pictured left to right: Zeth Siry, Ronald Campbell, Chase Harper, Dawson Lee, Eric Bellinger and Anthony Lee, Jr.Image Download (jpg, 2 MB)