Schunk Apprentice Partnership Recognized Among Best in North Carolina

The NCTAP program, in which Schunk is a partner, was among those recognized as the best apprenticeship programs in North Carolina by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina Department of Commerce last week.

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The NCTAP program, in which Schunk is a partner, was among those recognized as the best apprenticeship programs in North Carolina by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina Department of Commerce last week. NCTAP, Apprenticeship 2000, Apprenticeship Catawba and Siemens Charlotte were all recognized for their leadership and mentoring of two new groups in Guilford and Alamance counties.

The four-year North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program focuses on integrated basic training that develops technical, methodological and social skills. The hands-on core training gives apprentices an opportunity to develop a wide range of skills.

“We are extremely proud of our apprentices and their tenacious drive to learn,“ says Milton Guerry, Schunk president. “They add tremendous value to Schunk, and we enjoy watching them grow within our company.”

During the November 5 ceremony, the governor spoke about the importance of apprenticeship programs in North Carolina and in the nation in general, as well as about the impact of the right education for young adults. Jack Rensel, a second-year Schunk apprentice, also spoke about his life before NCTAP, how he found out about the program, and how much he has learned over the past 12 months. He says the NCTAP program allowed him “to really understand the manufacturing environment and how everybody in the process comes together for a big picture.”

Learn more about the NCTAP program at nctap.org or dol.gov/apprenticeship. You can also read about it in this MoldMaking Technology blog post.