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Servicing the petrochemical, industrial and energy sectors, Houston-based Apache Industrial Services has recently announced a new apprenticeship training program for services such as coatings and linings applications, tank services, fireproofing and insulation, among others.

According to reports, applicants would train for two weeks and then work with a journeyman. While the company is advertising to appeal to students wishing to avoid student loans, it has also noted that it is advocating to get more women in construction. The company's goal is to have 40% of its new recruits be women.

Paid training for the program is reported to start at $17 an hour.

Marc Grant, who recently joined the apprenticeship program said, “I've been more of a hands-on, let me get my hands dirty and let me show you what I can do.” Grant continued that after leaving the military, he wasn’t sure what to do until he discovered the program. “This program gives me that opportunity. You get to learn a great trade, and you get to have fun while doing it.”

Apache Industrial Services

Servicing the petrochemical, industrial and energy sectors, Houston-based Apache Industrial Services has recently announced a new apprenticeship training program for services such as coatings and linings applications, tank services, fireproofing and insulation, among others.

While ABC News recently reported on the company’s opportunities in Houston, the Apache apprenticeship program is also being offered in Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Utah.

Specifically, the program offers 2.5-4 year, NCCER craft specific training and journeyman-led, on the job training. Upon being accepted, candidates go through rigorous training in scaffolding, insulation, and coatings and linings, before moving out to the field.

Requirements for the apprenticeship program include being 18 years or older, having a high school diploma or GED, being able to complete physically demanding tasks and passing a drug test (varies by jobsite requirements).

Industry Apprenticeship News

Last month, chemicals company BASF announced that its 2021 North American Apprenticeship Development Program was in full swing this summer, with more than 30 apprentices joining the company at multiple sites across the United States.

The program aims to offer apprentices a unique opportunity to gain on-the-job-training and earn credentials while receiving a full-time wage. It also aims to attract more female talent to technical roles, supporting the company’s goal of increasing the number of women in manufacturing, according to BASF.

This year, the program was launched for the company’s sites in Freeport, Texas; Seneca and Converse, South Carolina; and Wyandotte, Michigan. There are also plans underway to add programs at sites in Alabama, Ohio, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.

Over the course of 12 to 36 months, the apprentices will be trained on the job while earning an industry-recognized certificate or associate degree. In addition to paying a wage, BASF offers benefits and covers costs associated with the academic program.

Also in July, the “Apprenticeships of College Act” was introduced to the U.S. Senate, which supports the establishment of an apprenticeship college consortium. Specifically, the bill would order the Secretary of Labor to enter into an interagency agreement with the Secretary of Education.

Originally introduced at the end of May, the legislation referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, would promote and support integration and alignment of programs under the national apprenticeship system with secondary, postsecondary and adult education.

The goal is to promote stronger connections between programs under a national apprenticeship system and, under that, the two Secretaries would support data sharing systems and provide guidance on how to align eligible funding.

For participants of the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium, there would be a number of mandates such as an agreement with an institution, an articulation of academic credit, provisions of technical assistance and financial aid, etc.

While in the early stages, some question if this could hinder the creation of new apprenticeships, however, the bill does not that nothing requires an institution to participate in the consortium and nothing requires an apprenticeship sponsor to participate, either.

In April, the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University and partner Applied Systems & Technology Transfer (AST2) were able to provide sailors aboard U.S. Navy ship USS Tulsa access to 3D printing technology thanks to its Apprenticeship Works program.

Through the program and partnership, sailors were recently provided virtual training to operate 3D printing technologies while at sea. The ship’s captain as well as its Chief Engineer Lt. Andrew Bardwell had asked for volunteers to sign up for the additive manufacturing pre-apprenticeship.

During the virtual training, Navy crewmembers were taught to set up, operate and maintain LulzBot 3D printers and learned related computer-aided-design techniques as well as how to operate Artec precision scanning equipment.

The training was delivered by Morgan Smith, a design engineer based at RCBI Huntington via Zoom. In teaching online some 2,000 miles away, Smith explained to the Navy sailors that before an item can be 3D printed, a drawing must be generated using 3D-modeling software then transferred to the 3D printer, which reads the data to build the item, among other aspects involved in 3D printing operations.

The Apprenticeship Works initiative supports advanced manufacturing apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships nationwide, including pre-apprenticeships specially for active-duty military personnel and veterans, and is supported by an American Apprenticeship Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

And in March, Environmental and conservation workforce development and job training company, Limitless Vistas Inc. was awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for environmental job training in the Greater New Orleans area in Louisiana.

The program is funded through the Agency's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program.

According to the EPA, the initiative will help advance economic opportunities and address environmental justice issues in underserved communities. The Agency is noted to regularly provide funding to organizations that are working to create a skilled workforce in communities where EPA brownfields assessment and cleanup activities are taking place.

LVI plans to use the grant to train 60 students in environmental jobs, in which the students will receive two state and four federal certifications. Specifically, the program is targeted to empower the underserved and veterans from the area.

Nationally, EPA funded 18 organizations to receive a total of $3.3 million in grants for environmental job training programs. Since 1998, the Agency's EWDJT Program has awarded more than 335 grants, which in turn have been used to train 18,541 individuals and 13,751 have been placed in careers related to land remediation and environmental health and safety, with an average hourly wage of over $14.


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