Benshaw recently partnered with Catalyst Connection, a Pittsburgh-based not-for-profit organization, to launch a new apprenticeship program for hourly production employees.
Eight production employees were selected for the inaugural launch of the program … an 18-month endeavor that combines classroom training and structured on the job training. This hybrid training approach provides both general industry knowledge (e.g. best practices for safety, equipment maintenance and use of mechanical tools) and hands-on, on-the-job training from experienced mentors at Benshaw. The end result for successful participants is a journeyperson certification, followed by certification as a production technician, with all of the technical competencies needed in an advanced manufacturing environment.
Enrollees are all Benshaw employees, earning wages, benefits and seniority while they learn new skills, including:
- Accident/injury protection
- Equipment set-up and operation
- Use of mechanical tools and testing equipment
- Best practices/continuous improvement
- Quality inspection/assurance
- Inventory management
About Catalyst Connection
Catalyst Connection is a private organization providing consulting and training services for manufacturers across Southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization’s objective is to help the region attract and retain a robust manufacturing base through services intended to accelerate revenue growth and improve productivity.
About the IMT Apprenticeship Program
Catalyst Connection’s Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship Program is a state registered program designed to help employers in the region address a key concern: A shortage of skilled workers. By helping entry-level workers enhance their skills, Catalyst Connection contributes to reduced turnover rates, better quality consistency and increased production capacity.
Benshaw is widely recognized as a leading provider of applied motor controls and technologies. We thrive on complex applications and work diligently to bring cost-effective, advanced motor control and protection solutions to our customers. With operations spanning the globe, Benshaw now offers the broadest family of globally supported, globally certified, low and medium voltage soft starters in the industry.