Blum Inc. and its partner companies are celebrating 15 years and 100 graduates in their Apprenticeship 2000 program. This four-year program attracts high school students from five counties in North Carolina with the promise of free college and a paycheck. The program invests over $150,000 per apprentice to create skilled manufacturing technicians that partner companies cannot find in the workforce.

Apprentice 2000 partner organizations include: Ameritech Die & Mold, Inc., Blum Inc., Max Daetwyler Corp., Pfaff Molds, Sarstedt, Timken, Central Piedmont Community College and the North Carolina Department of Labor. Each year, Apprenticeship 2000 recruits from 27 high schools in six surrounding counties and from the workforce of participating companies. The program offers training and careers in the following areas: tool and die maker, electronics technician, CNC machinist, mold & plastics technician, machine technician, and welding fabricator.

Blum’s press release.

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