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InTech & Cal Steel show Apprenticeships can be golden gem of workforce development

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 14, 2019

Site Selection Magazine wrote a great piece this week on the tremendous success of the InTech center, and how the training partnership between California Steel and Chaffey College in Riverside is literaly re-writing how apprenticeships can provide both aligned talent to local manufacturers and rewarding opportunites to students. See below and hit the link for full article on Site Selection Magazine.


San Bernardino County companies and institutions show the rest of the world how a regional approach works best for upskilling and growing the workforce.


The Industrial Technical Learning Center (InTech) at Chaffey College in Fontana, California, is the kind of place where individual dreams and company goals can both be realized. Launched in 2014 with a $14.9-million TAACCCT [Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training] grant, and with backing from companies and the region's 12 community colleges, the center is blazing new trails.

"The InTech partnership between California Steel and Chaffey College is an exemplary Apprenticeship model that aligns academic learning with hands-on, practical on-the-job learning," says Gino DiCaro, vice president of communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. "Employers and community colleges up and down the state can learn from this highly successful apprenticeship program."

They can, and they should.

"The U.S manufacturing sector is advancing rapidly, and the pathways to developing and acquiring talent must change to keep pace," DiCaro says. "Secondary education must reflect current employment needs by offering a wider variety of training options for career choices, including apprenticeships that take the place of typical school programs for technical-style work."

Across-the-board buy-in is taking place in San Bernardino County in Southern California — with full support from the California Apprenticeship Initiative. The training option derives from innovation and necessity, considering the expected jobs growth. If the Inland Empire were a state, it would be the 40th largest by area and the 26th largest by population. Moreover, it's a region projected to add 157,860 jobs between 2017 to 2022 — a 10-percent jump ... READ MORE ON SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE

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Apprenticeships work for the next generation of CA's mfg workforce

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 10, 2018

As the U.S. manufacturing sector advances, the pathways to developing and acquiring talent are also changing to keep pace. Automation and technology has risen in importance, especially in the manufacturing supply chain, and secondary education must reflect current employment needs by offering a wider variety of training options for career choices, including Apprenticeships that take the place of typical school programs for technical-style work.

While manufacturers are ideally equipped to define the skills they need to succeed, they can't go it alone. The apprenticeship model, which brings together community colleges and employers, is rapidly taking hold as a viable training approach that can effectively build the manufacturing workforce of the future.

The single largest element that differentiates an Apprenticeship Program from other learning systems is the alignment and connectivity between academic learning and hands-on, practical on-the-job training.

CMTA member companies such as IBM, Caterpillar, Alcoa, The Dow Chemical Company, and others have all successfully established apprenticeships in their U.S-based facilities for years. They have reaped the benefits of these programs, namely as a way to develop a highly skilled and qualified workforce that is certified, highly motivated and work-ready.

The process of starting an apprenticeship program includes workforce planning, building your business case for an Apprenticeship program, establishing critical public-private partnerships, and marketing your program. While it can be daunting, CMTA is here to help. We can assist with the development of your program and help get you subsidies through our partnerships with existing and emerging federal apprenticeship grant programs and with new money coming online from California legislation that we helped pass in 2018.

Your company and your workers will reap tremendous benefits with a successful program. Contact CMTA’s Rob Sanger at 916-498-3334 or if you’d like to start a new Apprenticeship program or to receive subsidies for your existing registered program.

CMTA also has a $1 million multiple employment contract with California’s Employment Training Panel. We can help deliver this money so manufacturers of all sizes can get funding for basic incumbent training programs.

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To grow, small manufacturers never stop training

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 28, 2015

Manufacturers are the lifeblood of our middle class and our economy. This week a Sacramento tool manufacturer of 43 years, Tri Tool Inc., testified alongside CMTA about their phenomenal company growth and the need for help in training their workers. It sheds a light on their importance to our community and their need for skills training -- in 1972 as well as 2015.


Good afternoon ladies and gentleman of the Employment Training Panel,

My name is George J. Wernette III. I am a Co-Owner and Vice President of Professional Development for Tri Tool Incorporated. We are a family owned and operated company. Our manufacturing facility is located just up the street in Rancho Cordova.

Tri Tool was founded in 1972 by my father, Dr. George J. Wernette. He was a local general surgeon, who teamed up with a welder and a machinist to design, build and sell the first Tri Tool!

The original tool was designed for the construction of the Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant. It was to address quality, training needs and concerns of their current program. They needed ways to test and train their welders to make that perfect weld.

These tools were built in a garage in Placerville and sold from the back room of George’s medical office down off Mission Avenue, Carmichael, CA.

Dr. Wernette has always believed in making the world a safer place. He took on this venture to educate and train the industries who have hazardous chemicals and gases with no leak applications, on how to make a safe weld by having precision weld preparation.

The industries that we serve include everything from geothermal power plants, solar, hydroelectric, nuclear power, oil and gas processing, pharmaceutical, national defense, aerospace and many other companies.

Generally speaking, Tri Tool gives customers the ability to have a precision machine shop in remote locations, either thousands of feet under water or hundreds of feet in the air. You do not have to transport the work to the machine shop but the machine shop can go to the job.

Over the last 40 years, Tri Tool has entered new markets and has invented new and better portable precision tools. This requires a broad range of education and training to operate new and advanced computer software, to better manufacturing processes for efficiency and to focus on producing and operating safely. Safety is our number one core value.

Tri Tool is a vertically orientated company that engineers, manufactures, assembles, and sells all of their products right from California. We sell the products globally and also have an on-site machining services company to do training and contract work for customers that do not want to purchase the equipment and train their own people.

My father has always loved the fact that he gives local families opportunities for a quality job and livelihood while being productive in society and making a difference in the world.

We as a company, try and do everything we can for our employees. However, it consistently becomes harder as a California company to be globally competitive when quality work can be outsourced for a cheaper price. We are proud to produce the finest quality tools that can last forever.

That is why, I am so amazed and thankful for what you, the Employment Training Panel is doing for companies like ours. We are able to give our employees a better opportunity to be more knowledgeable and capable; therefore, having a lifetime of prosperity.

As I quote Henry Ford “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ― Henry Ford

Thank you ETP and our partner CMTA for this opportunity to give a little background on who and what Tri Tool is trying to do for our employees.

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