On December 14th
, the next class of students from the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute (NCMI
) program will graduate with national certifications, and quickly enter into their desired professions. On average, 93% of NCMI graduates will find a career in manufacturing within 22 days after completion of the program. Nationally, it takes 70 days to recruit and hire a qualified production worker.
Manufacturing companies across the US are facing what is known as a “skills gap,” or, a lack of workforce to fill readily-available positions due to under-qualification. NCMI works to close the skills gap, recruiting unemployed or underemployed individuals, and giving them the training employers need to meet business goals.
Through NCMI, students can earn national certifications at no cost, and become a Certified Product Technician (CPT) in 8 weeks. Modern manufacturing requires specific skillsets to operate state-of-the-art and high-tech equipment, and the CPT program opens the doors for a multitude of career opportunities in the industry, ranging from food and beverage production to machining and robotics.
Careers are not only versatile; they also offer multiple benefits such as health and retirement packages, and great pay. The starting salary of an entry-level position for an NCMI graduate is between $23,000 and $31,000, with opportunities for advancement.
NCMI was conceived by Rowan and Cabarrus Counties during summer 2014 to fulfill the increasing demand for qualified talent in the region’s manufacturing industry. In collaboration with the counties’ Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Commissions, Centralina Workforce, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, the program is sustained through partnerships with more than 30 participating manufacturing companies.
Partners are guaranteed a pipeline of screened and qualified talent into the future, insuring the continued development of educational training and an available talent pool. NCMI gives these companies a larger selection of reliable, quality applicants, while recruiting more individuals into the industry.
Due to the success of the program, classes have been expanded to new locations. This fall, East Spencer began offering classes, and Iredell County integrated NCMI at Mitchell Community College. On November 18, MCC’s Mooresville campus hosted its first Employer Spotlight since acquiring the program.
Watch the Facebook Live feed of NGK Ceramics here.
To learn more about NCMI and the CPT program, please attend the next Discovery Session on January 5th. Click here to register. Classes for the next CPT program begin on January 23, 2017.
NCMI’s CPT program provides a scholarship-funded curriculum, with four national certificates: Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and Maintenance. Students receive 162 hours of training in safety, quality, manufacturing processes, maintenance awareness, and workplace accountability. The curriculum meets the industry standards of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC)