The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and the Composites Alliance of RI will launch a new Advanced Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program in mid-November. This program is designed to train entry-level workers for jobs in the advanced composites industry and is free to participants who are Rhode Island residents over age 18. Students attend the program full-time, Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.
RIMTA and the Composites Alliance have partnered with Real Jobs Rhode Island and Goetz Composites to launch the program. Students will be trained at the Goetz facility, but they will also do field trips to other companies and each student will do a one-week job shadow at a Rhode Island composites company.
The program is patterned after the highly successful Marine Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. The advanced composites program is designed to give students a baseline of entry-level skills, but to also impress upon them the importance of qualities such as being a team player and punctuality.
If you are a composites company that struggles with finding entry-level talent, you can get involved in this program in several ways.
Offer a Job Shadow: Each student will do a one-week job shadow. This is an ideal way to observe the student in a work environment before considering him or her for employment. In the marine-trades program, students often continue to work full-time at the company after they complete their job shadow.
Offer a Tour: You can offer to have students tour your company during the training program. This is a good opportunity for you to meet the students, and for students to get an introduction to the work you do.
Refer a Student: If you know of an individual who would be a good candidate for the program, please direct them to the Composites Alliance website for more information and a link to the program application.
For more information, contact RIMTA Program Director Jen Huber (email / 401-396-9619).