As your guidance counselor may have told you, finding what you’re good at for a career means you will enjoy what you do. How do you know what you excel at, or what you’re going to enjoy? An apprenticeship may give you the opportunity to find your passion, and gain skills for a bright career.
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), now in its fifth year, is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers. NAW 2019 will be held November 11-17, 2019.
On November 7th, the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center will be holding an event to highlight Apprenticeship Week, and offer local businesses and students a chance to discuss the future of every supported industry. An industry panel will be offering information on what you can expect to gain from an apprenticeship, you can meet with businesses currently offering apprenticeships, and also enjoy some barbecue while participating in hands-on activities.
Things you’ll learn at the event:
- Specialized skills businesses are currently searching for
- How to prepare for the shifting demographics of the workforce
- How apprenticeships can offer higher wages, better benefits, and more opportunities
- Mentoring and support offered through Sno-Isle TECH from local businesses
- Training offered during apprenticeships
Graduating from high school and immediately finding your long-term career may be difficult to do. Apprenticeships offer students the ability to earn money outside of school hours part-time and may offer full-time employment when school is not in session. There are many options available, and the event at Sno-Isle TECH offers you a chance to learn about what you can do.
Recently three local businesses offered tours of their facilities for Manufacturing Day. These three local manufacturers will be participating at the event for Apprenticeship Week, and you can discuss directly with them what they can offer with an apprenticeship. Those businesses are:
SEA-LECT Plastics is an industry leader in plastic injection molding based out of Everett, Washington. They operate a large injection molding design and manufacturing center, an assembly operation including heat staking, hot stamping, and rapid prototyping, as well as world-class logistics to support clients in many different industries including the rigorous military sector.
Kaas Tailored focuses on product design, product development, and product manufacturing in the upholstery industry out of their facility in Mukilteo, Washington. They offer partnerships with clients to rapid prototype and manufacture upholstery and furniture while decreasing cost and waste through Kaizen. They support many industries including aerospace and consumer goods.
Qualitel offers electronics manufacturing services inclusive of rapid prototyping for medical, military, industrial, and aerospace industries out of their Everett, Washington facilities. They specialize in extensive engineering, manufacturing, and logistical services with a knowledgeable team of experts who are well-versed in the regulatory and compliance issues associated with the manufacturing and testing of electronic products.
Beyond those businesses, there are additional organizations offering information and support for Sno-Isle TECH students and their families. Those organizations are:
- AJAC (Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee) – AJAC assists with awareness of registered apprenticeship programs with a pathway to career credentials in manufacturing and aerospace industries.
- Impact Washington – This organization offers training and support for lean manufacturing.
- Workforce Snohomish County – WSC offers information and support for residents seeking employment and training.
Don’t miss out on a chance to research a new career opportunity during your time in high school. Attend the event on November 7th to ask questions on training opportunities, meet the staff at each local manufacturer at the event, and ask questions concerning job opportunities, apprenticeships, and your future in manufacturing. See you there!