Mid-Park, Inc. recently became the first manufacturer in Grayson County to become certified to offer State-approved apprenticeships in machining.
According to Mid-Park, Inc. Manager Joel Bernard, the program will offer apprenticeships to qualifying machining students and offer 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and 576 hours of related technical instruction over the course of four years to, hopefully, refine participants’ skills and sharpen their competitive edge in the employment market.
Mid-Park, Inc. Human Resources Manager Trish Niles said the idea for the apprenticeship program grew out of issues encountered while the company attempted to locate skilled laborers.
“All manufacturers are having a difficult time with [finding] technical help right now,” Bernard said. “We’re trying to do our part to combat that.”
Initially, to solve this issue, Mid-Park, Inc. coordinated with the Grayson County School Board to start a Computerized Manufacturing and Machining Program to the technology center.
Over the past year, the company has worked to develop its apprenticeship program to further this effort.
“The purpose of this program is to maintain high standards of workmanship through the development of skilled employees for the machinist trade,” Niles said. “These standards shall be met by on-the-job training supplemented with related instruction.”
To be considered for apprenticeship training, applicants must meet the following requirements: He or she must be of legal working age, have a valid driver’s license, and possess such speaking, reading, and comprehension abilities as may be essential for understanding instructions applicable to the occupation. He or she must also be physically capable of performing the work of the occupation.
At the end of the four-year program, graduates will be able to take the NIMS testing to receive National Certification.
Applicants will be selected for the program strictly on the basis of qualifications for work in the apprentice occupation, using criteria that permit objective review and assessment.
If the program registers more than five or more apprentices, it will institute a formal, written plan for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, and will submit the plan to the Kentucky Apprenticeship and Training Council for its approval, as required by the laws and regulations of the United States and the State of Kentucky, according to Niles.
“Our program will start with four students,” Niles said. “Our goal, as more people complete the program, we could accomodate more students.”
Mid-Park, Inc. has locations in both Leitchfield (1021 Salt River Rd.) and Clarkson (3645 Elizabethtown Rd.). For more information about Mid-Park, Inc., its apprenticeship program or how to apply, call 270-259-3152 or visit www.mid-park.com.
“Mid-Park, Inc.’s mission has always been to provide a better life, personally and financially for its customers, employers and owners, and we feel this is a step in continuing that mission,” said Niles.