Skilled Workforce

Manufacturing companies in the US

face severe challenges in sustaining a competitive workforce. Based on the renowned standards of German apprenticeships, our dual apprenticeship training programs address this issue.

Manufacturing companies in the US

face severe challenges in sustaining a competitive workforce. Based on the renowned standards of German apprenticeships, our dual apprenticeship training programs address this issue.

Many skilled workers from the baby boomer generation are getting ready to retire and a lack of suitable applicants means their soon-to-be-vacant positions cannot be filled. Around 83% of US manufacturers cannot find the skilled workforce they need -- a situation that may result in about 3.4 million open positions by 2025.

Among the German-American business community the skills gap is a major obstacle when it comes to future investments in the US. With the US economy booming, about 75 % of German companies have planned to expand their business and increase their workforce in 2016. However, 69% have reported difficulties in finding employees with the adequate skills to execute their growth strategies (Source: GABO 2016).

 

 

GACC Midwest helps employers solve the Skills Gap in two ways:

Our Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) brings high tech apprenticeships based on the German Dual Education System to Midwestern employers. The cluster-based approach of the ICATT Apprenticeship Program enables high-tech manufacturers and companies with complex technologies or logistics to train a globally-competitive workforce. Please visit the ICATT Apprenticeship Program website for more details.

For companies not located near an ICATT Apprenticeship Program cluster, GACC Midwest’s Skills Initiative team offers consulting to help set up and certify the company’s own apprenticeship program based on the German model. Contact us today to discuss how we can help. 

 

Here are just a few key elements of the GACCs' Apprenticeship Programs:

  • Program Development, Administration and Management
  • Recruiting Support
  • “Train the Trainer” Program
  • Exam Preparation and Management
  • National and International Certification

Global - National - Regional

A map of all GACC Skills activities in the US

The GACCs work together with the DIHK (Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammertag) in Berlin and the German Embassy in Washington, DC to bring apprenticeships based on the German model to manufacturers worldwide. 

As of December 2017, the GACCs had certified almost 70 programs across 10 states of the U.S., which have trained over 450 people. 

Further information:

AHK USA Skilled Workforce

German Missions in the US: The Skills Initiative

The Skills Initiative of the German Embassy in Washington

Employer Benefits

Are you struggling to find loyal workforce that keeps your business competitive?

Would you like to get young people to pursue a career in manufacturing?

By utilizing GACC Skills Services, your company

  • is guaranteed specialists with company-specific skills
  • receives a tailored training program for their workforce needs
  • has new capabilities of a high-quality workforce
  • benefits from a new corporate image
  • is recognized internationally as a standard of expertise
  • saves on recruiting costs
  • has greater employee retention

Visit ICATT Apprenticeship Program website or contact us to learn more. 

Apprentice Benefits

A traditional college degree is not the only path to a great career in technology!

Through the GACC Skills Services, you will

  • obtain relevant theoretical and practical real-world training
  • be guaranteed employment in your field after training
  • have more hands-on experience than your competition upon graduation
  • have minimal to no student debt

Visit ICATT Apprenticeship Program website or contact us to learn more. 

 

 

Learn more:

Learn more about ICATT
Success in the New Economy
Building a 21st Century Workforce
Virginia Rounds on the importance of Skilled Workforce

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Virginia Rounds

Director, Skills Initiative
+1 (312) 494-2163
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