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MKD Electric Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week


MKD Electric, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announced that it will celebrate the second annual National Apprenticeship Week, November 14-18, 2016.

MKD Electric has offered a DOL-certified Apprenticeship program for almost 7 years and has trained more than 50 team members as industrial electricians.

“Our apprentice program has truly transformed our company,” said Michael Wesa, Director of Finance and Marketing. “Since founding it in 2010, we’ve seen our business grow, our productivity skyrocket and our employee turnover significantly decrease. By building our own “farm team,” we can ensure that, from the very first day, our apprentices are learning the skills necessary to be productive and safe in some of the most challenging industrial environments.”

Apprenticeship is an “earn and learn” training model that combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. Companies that offer Apprenticeship programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits, and more.

“The goal of the National Apprenticeship Week is to educate businesses and leaders about the importance of Apprenticeship programs. These programs can lead to great jobs that also help positively impact our economy. ”

The U.S. currently has approximately 375,000 apprentices working with more than 150,000 employers. Last year, President Obama established a goal of doubling the number of Apprenticeships within five years. The inaugural National Apprenticeship Week is one of several initiatives helping achieve that goal.

ABOUT MKD’s DOl-Certified Apprenticeship Program

Our rigorous, five year U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship Training certified program has been customized for the industrial electrical market. It all begins with an intensive 6-week, full-time, paid, in-house boot camp to ensure our new team members are safe and productive. The remaining four years of apprenticeship includes weekly classroom instruction and “hands-on” lab work at the MKD Training Center, as well as documented on-the-job training with journeymen industrial electricians, foremen, and superintendents.

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National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for the Apprenticeship community to tell the story of apprenticeships and is an invitation to business and industry, education, career seekers, community based organizations, students, and workers to learn about the real world advantages of developing careers through adoption of the apprenticeship model.  Apprenticeship is for those who aspire to be great, lead in innovation and creativity, strive to innovate in business and industry, and recognize the value of combining paid on the job learning coupled with a substantial educational component to build generational greatness in careers and commerce.

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