LRCC and ApprenticeshipNH Partnership
Northfield-based Advanced Manufacturer Partners with Lakes Region Community College and ApprenticeshipNH to Address Workforce Needs
Apprentices to be trained as CNC machinists at Lakes Region Community College
Northfield, NH – Local companies are taking advantage of a program that enables employees to gain new skills through on the job training and classroom experience. EPTAM Plastics, an advanced manufacturer, recently partnered with Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) and the Community College System of New Hampshire’s ApprenticeshipNH – a program that seeks to address workforce needs in various sectors throughout the state – to create Registered Apprenticeship opportunities for individuals to pursue more advanced, alternative career options.
EPTAM Plastics, a Northfield, NH-based, leading, high-precision, plastic machining company targeting demanding applications, is partnering to provide individuals the opportunity to be trained as CNC machinists.
“This new partnership with EPTAM Plastics, ApprenticeshipNH and LRCC is helping address EPTAM’s current workforce shortage. EPTAM is first offering the opportunity to its current employees, demonstrating a dedication to its existing workforce to move into higher level positions. As a result, this will create new opportunities for individuals to fill the resulting vacant positions,” said Emily Zeien, grant manager for ApprenticeshipNH.
The Registered Apprenticeship program at EPTAM Plastics puts apprentices in training to become CNC machinists. The program includes a required 296 hours of classroom instruction, which will be completed at EPTAM facilities and taught by EPTAM employees who have been hired as adjunct faculty at Lakes Region Community College. The program also includes 3,000 hours of on the job training. “All of the EPTAM employees in this program will be eligible to receive college credit that is transferrable towards a Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing at Lakes Region Community College”, said Larissa Baia, Interim President at Lakes Region Community College, “and the college is proud to be able to partner with area employers to provide a viable career and education pathway for NH residents.” Apprentices participating in the program will be paid a progressively increasing schedule of wages based on a percentage or dollar amount of the current hourly journey worker wage rate. The apprentices will receive $12.00 per hour for the first 1,000 hours, $13.00 per hour for the second 1,000 hours and $14.00 per hour for the third 1,000 hours.
About EPTAM Plastics
EPTAM Plastics is the leading, high-precision, plastic machining company targeting demanding applications. Headquartered in Northfield, New Hampshire, EPTAM’s proprietary manufacturing capabilities provide the highest-quality, tightest-tolerance machined plastic parts for mission-critical applications in the aerospace and defense, commercial, medical, oil and gas and semiconductor industries. For 30 years, our commitment has been manufacturing and delivering high precision, plastic parts to leading industry OEMs. Founded in 1981, with three employees as a non-metallic CNC fabrication facility, EPTAM has grown into a world class 60,000 square foot property.
The ApprenticeshipNH Program, housed at the Community College System of New Hampshire, is a unique effort that prepares workers as Registered Apprentices to better compete in the modern workforce. Focusing on the Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Information Technology sectors, the ApprenticeshipNH Program provides workers with invaluable opportunities to pursue highly-skilled, high-paying jobs, and opportunities for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce in NH. The program is funded through a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
About Lakes Region Community College
Lakes Region Community College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that serves over 1,200 students annually. LRCC offers 28 associate degree programs including Nursing, Fire Technology, Business, Media Arts, Culinary Arts, Automotive, and Marine Technology, as well as short-term certificate programs. In addition, LRCC provides a strong background in Liberal Arts for students who choose to do their first two years at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree. LRCC is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.
See the article published in the Laconia Daily Sun.