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Oklahoma Success Stories: Apprenticeship
|Progressive Stamping is a custom manufacturer that offers registered apprenticeships in Oklahoma City. “We have two occupations here at Progressive Stamping that require very specific skills – press operator and tool and die maker. It has been difficult over the years to find qualified people to fill these positions due to the skills gap present in manufacturing,” said Wayne Cartwright, Continuous Improvement Manager at Progressive Stamping. “We realized training would be required. Implementing apprenticeship programs was the best solution for us. Now all employees in these two occupations are required to complete an apprenticeship.”|
|Quad/Graphics is a large scale printer with a modern mega plant (over 1 million square feet) in Oklahoma City with 700 committed employees. Worldwide, Quad/Graphics reported $4.7 billion in annual sales, 22,500 employees and 60 manufacturing facilities. The company’s RA programs are part of what help them succeed as a business but also help to better the lives of the people that work there.
Quad/Graphics launched their Oklahoma apprenticeship program in 2014. On-the-job learning takes place at the plant under the direction of experienced journey workers. Electrical apprentices attend Moore Norman Technology Center for the required classroom training and mechanical apprentices attend Mid-Del Technology Center for their classroom training.