Motlow develops new apprenticeship pathways

Motlow College recently announced three new apprenticeship opportunities coming for those interested in developing a career in the nursery industry, robotics and automation industry, and municipal water treatment. (File Photo)

EDUCATION — Apprenticeships provide an express lane to stable, high paying jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 94 percent of workers who complete an apprenticeship program retain employment with an average annual salary of $70,000.

Motlow College recently announced three new apprenticeship opportunities coming for those interested in developing a career in the nursery industry, robotics and automation industry, and municipal water treatment. Motlow staff developed the apprenticeships by focusing on its 11-county area’s specific needs. The new apprenticeships were announced this week in conjunction with National Apprenticeship Week, which happens annually on November 8-14.

Apprenticeships offer an alternative to traditional college degrees and certifications where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce. Individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a nationally-recognized, portable credential. Apprenticeship is a proven training program used to recruit, train, and retain world-class talent, and each program is registered and validated by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Motlow will use local workforce development funds and grant funds to work with agriculture industry partners throughout Warren County to develop that program. Apprentices will complete 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 200 hours of classroom instruction.

The Municipal Water Treatment apprenticeship is being developed in cooperation with the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts. The program is still in the development stages, and municipal water treatment plants throughout the service area are encouraged to consider joining the apprenticeship program once details are finalized.

Automation and Robotics apprenticeship will offer participants a unique opportunity, acquiring a portion of their on-the-job training component while also completing their classroom requirements at the Automation & Robotics Training Center in McMinnville.

Motlow invites any industry interested in partnering to create other apprenticeship opportunities to reach out by emailing motlowtrained@mscc.edu. •

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