Governor Wolf Visits Appvion Spring Mill, Highlighting the Importance of Apprenticeships in Rural Areas

first_imgGovernor Wolf Visits Appvion Spring Mill, Highlighting the Importance of Apprenticeships in Rural Areas November 20, 2017 Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Workforce Development Roaring Spring, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited Appvion Spring Mill to meet with employees and apprentices to learn about the 151-year-old plant and to highlight the importance of workforce training and job creation as it pertains to rural Pennsylvania.“Appvion’s long history of growth and innovation in manufacturing paper products, and as a fixture in rural Blair County, emphasizes the impact of a company that gives job seekers and incumbent workers a competitive edge by providing them with practical, hands-on job experience,” Governor Wolf said. “Today was a tremendous opportunity to see first-hand how a company is working with its employees to train them for a career and not just a job, and how this training is benefiting both employees and the company.”Appvion has graduated 33 registered apprentices with the Department of Labor and currently has about 20 active apprentices in occupations that include carpenter maintenance, electrician, electrician maintenance, instrument repair, instrumentation technician, machinist, maintenance mechanic, maintenance repairer, industrial truck mechanic, millwright, pipe fitter, and welder-fitter.The company develops the apprenticeships in partnership with the United Steelworkers.“Appvion Spring Mill has a been part of the Pennsylvania state apprenticeship program for more than 30 years,” said Appvion mill manager Phil Pack. “On-the-job training is an important element of ensuring that we have a highly skilled and competent workforce.”Approved through the Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office, apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages. It’s estimated that for every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivityThe Wolf Administration established the ATO last year to be responsible for providing outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices.Since its inception, the ATO has added 2,610 new apprentices and 81 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide.For more information on the Apprenticeship and Training Office, visit ATO.Appvion creates product solutions through its development and use of coating formulations and applications. The company produces thermal, carbonless, security, inkjet, digital specialty and colored papers. In addition to the paper mill in Roaring Spring, Appvion has manufacturing operations in Appleton, Wisconsin and West Carrollton, Ohio. Appvion employs approximately 1,400 people and has been 100 percent employee-owned since 2001.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

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