The Robert C. Byrd institute (RBCI), an important project partner and member of this Institute, possesses unique expertise in manufacturing, technology and workforce development, along with leading-edge equipment, that allows manufacturers and makers to move their innovating ideas and solutions from concept to market. RCBI has collaborated with America Makes and other industry partners to create the first ever industry-vetted 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship framework, and we are currently assisting the promotion of that framework to employers in the additive space.
Most recently, RCBI has signed on to offer this first-of-its-kind additive technician apprenticeship as well as several other programs within its Apprenticeship Works! initiative to employers seeking to add veterans to their workforce. Through the Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act, RCBI will assist with efforts to make it more convenient for employers to create apprenticeship programs in multiple states, providing an increased number of opportunities for veterans to gain access to these opportunities.
RCBI has served as a leader in the area of assisting employers with designing apprenticeship programs to train new workers and upskill their existing workforce. As the United States works to further promote the adoption and benefits of apprenticeship, we as an institute know that RCBI’s expertise will allow employers to create programs that can fast track our country’s valued veteran workforce from deployment to employment.
America Makes supports RCBI in this effort and looks forward to exploring new ways to specifically promote apprenticeship opportunities in additive manufacturing. If you would like to learn more about the 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Apprenticeship program through Apprenticeship Works!, please contact Education and Workforce Development Director, Josh Cramer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The team will be joining us at MMX 2020. Please join us to learn more!