ARAUCO Announces Registered Apprenticeship Program at Grayling Particleboard Operation

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Publicado el 17-12-2018

Arauco is proud to sponsor a new Registered Apprenticeship Program through the US Department of Labor (DOL), with the objective of developing the specific skills and knowledge necessary for millwrights and electricians at Arauco’s Grayling Particleboard Operation. The federally-recognized apprenticeship system is designed to expand opportunities for skilled workforce in Grayling. Participating apprentices will receive immediate employment, on-the-job training and education; and an industry-issued, nationally-recognized credential upon completion.

The Grayling Registered Apprenticeship Program (G-RAP) is a standardized, four-year program consisting of a combination of upwards to 8,000 hours of structured on-the-job training and 576 hours of related classroom instruction at Kirtland Community College. Apprenticeships require specific work and activity processes for either millwright or electrician. For example, work processes for apprentice millwrights include welding, equipment installation, and hydraulics. Work processes for apprentice electricians include areas such as test equipment, motors and electrical controls.

Arauco G-RAP kicks off this January with the first group of apprentices entering the program from within the ranks of Graying plant employees. The role of apprentice is not an entry level placement, but the rewards for individuals completing the challenge after four years are compelling.

  • Both the millwright and electrician apprentices will receive a nationally-recognized Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship through the DOL.
  • Upon completion, electrician apprentices are eligible to take the State of Michigan, Journeyman Electrician Exam.
  • College credit is awarded for apprenticeship coursework at Kirtland Community College, which can be applied to an associate degree.

Arauco has worked in tandem with the DOL and Kirtland Community College to define standards and criteria for G-RAP including training requirements, selection process, wage schedule and placement criteria.

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