NORTHFIELD — EPTAM Plastics, an advanced manufacturer, recently partnered with Lakes Region Community College and the Community College System of New Hampshire’s ApprenticeshipNH, a program that seeks to address workforce needs in various sectors throughout the state, to create registered apprenticeship opportunities to provide individuals the opportunity to be trained as CNC machinists. “This new partnership with EPTAM Plastics, ApprenticeshipNH and LRCC is helping address EPTAM’s current workforce shortage. EPTAM is first offering the opportunity to its current employees, demonstrating a dedication to its existing workforce to move into higher level positions. As a result, this will create new opportunities for individuals to fill the resulting vacant positions,” said Emily Zeien, grant manager for ApprenticeshipNH.
The Registered Apprenticeship program at EPTAM Plastics puts apprentices in training to become CNC machinists. The program includes a required 296 hours of classroom instruction, which will be completed at EPTAM facilities and taught by EPTAM employees who have been hired as adjunct faculty at Lakes Region Community College. The program also includes 3,000 hours of on-the-job training.
“All of the EPTAM employees in this program will be eligible to receive college credit that is transferrable towards a Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing at Lakes Region Community College,” said Larissa Baia, interim president at Lakes Region Community College. “The college is proud to be able to partner with area employers to provide a viable career and education pathway for New Hampshire residents.”
Apprentices participating in the program will be paid a progressively increasing schedule of wages based on a percentage or dollar amount of the current hourly journey worker wage rate. The apprentices will receive $12 per hour for the first 1,000 hours, $13 per hour for the second 1,000 hours and $14 per hour for the third 1,000 hours.
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