Advanced Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Yields New Jobs
In keeping with Goetz Composites’ passion to grow advanced manufacturing in Rhode Island, Goetz Composites worked with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, Composites Alliance of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to develop and conduct a month-long, training program dealing exclusively with advanced composites manufacturing.
Participants in the Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training (CPAT) program were unemployed Rhode Island residents who were selected through a rigorous process comprised of interviews and examinations, both written and hands-on. The fast-paced curriculum was focused on building the necessary skills required to fulfill the immediate employment needs of Rhode Island composites companies. Classroom and practical instruction familiarized trainees with the materials, tools, and processes used to manufacture composite parts. OSHA training, company tours, and week-long internships rounded out the interdisciplinary approach to preparing each student for a career in the composites industry.
The CPAT program was created to meet the growing demand for knowledgeable employees in the composites industry, while simultaneously decreasing the state’s unemployment rate – a win-win. A majority of the program’s graduates have secured living wage, industry jobs before Christmas – one of the goals set at the program’s conception in September.
Goetz Composites would like to thank the other participating Rhode Island companies who generously opened their facilities up to tours and internships: North Shore Composites, Aquidneck Custom Composites, Outerlimits Powerboats, Symmetrix Composite Tooling, and Resolute Racing Shells.