Onondaga Community College’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development is leading an effort which is bringing free, paid training to the region for manufacturing jobs in Madison County. The application and interview process will happen in August. Paid training will begin in September and conclude in November. Successful candidates will begin full-time employment after Thanksgiving.
Prospective employees can sign up to take part in the manufacturing apprenticeship program at www.aactjobs.com. As part of the New York State Manufacturing Intermediary Apprenticeship Program, training will cover the majority of the 4-year required related technical instruction hours for several advanced manufacturing positions including CNC Machinist, Machinist, Tool Maker and Maintenance Mechanic. There are ten training positions open and there is no fee to participate. During the nine weeks of training, students will be paid $10 an hour for 40 hours a week. As they complete the training they will be earning $13 per hour. Successfully completing the program will allow them to continue in a four-year-long apprenticeship with built-in wage progressions.
Training will take place in a “Mobile Learning Lab” which will be parked at Madison County Career Center, 133 North Court Street in Wampsville. Manufacturers participating in the program include Knowles Capacitors, Canastota N/C Corp., Consolidated Precision Products, Manth Brownell and All Seasonings. This unique collaboration is coordinated by Onondaga Community College’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development, Madison County Career Center, Manufacturers Association of Central New York, Workforce Training Institute, Herkimer-Madison-Oneida Working Solutions, Jobs for the Future, American Apprenticeship Initiative and Camden County College of New Jersey which is permitting use of its Mobile Learning Lab.
Madison County is home to 58 manufacturing establishments and employs nearly 3,000 people. That’s 4% of all business in Madison County and 15% of its annual payroll.