As you walk through the plant at Toolcraft Machining, you will more than likely pass by one or two apprentices. We actively seek opportunities to educate and train CNC machine operators. It’s a win-win for both our company and the individuals in the program. Apprentices get a leg up on their career path and increase their earning potential, while we train and retain the top machining talent working for our clients.

Wisconsin Apprentice Program

So, how does an apprentice program actually work? According to Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development, apprenticeship is post-secondary education like a college or university, but with a big difference. Apprentices learn only a portion of their skills in a traditional classroom. They receive most of their training on-the-job, while working for an employer who pays a good wage.

Benefits of Apprenticeship

The cost of higher education has been going up and up. Following an apprenticeship path allows individuals to forgo student debt and instead make money while they acquire their credentials. Upon completion of an apprenticeship, a nationally recognized completion certification is issued, which is honored throughout the U.S.

“Apprenticeship programs provide easy entry to the machining field with good career potential where you can move into management and other high-level positions. Many of our apprentices once done are looking to buy a home because they’ve avoided the debt of a four-year degree,” according to Kathy Pfannerstill, Toolcraft Machining President.

Brent C., an alumnus of Toolcraft’s apprenticeship training said, “It’s a great opportunity to get a career for the rest of your life that is stable.”

Brent was already working at Toolcraft when the apprenticeship program was suggested to him. He mentioned that Kathy Pfannerstill (President/CEO) prides herself on Toolcraft’s robust apprenticeship program and encourages qualified employees to take advantage of it. The program requires one day in a classroom, with the other days spent on hands-on work. Tuition and books are covered by the company and apprentices are paid for classroom time, as well as time spent working on site.

The total amount of time needed doing hands-on training with an employer before being awarded certification varies. Some individuals are accredited with time upon entering the program. In total, 7888 hours of training are required, which can take from 3-4 years. Click here for specifics.

The Toolcraft Approach

Brent found value in the way Toolcraft Machining supports its apprentices, especially with regards to cross-training.

“Toolcraft tries to move you around more than at other shops. Apprentices are cross trained in different departments and machines, so you have knowledge on everything. Once you find your niche, you are supported by the company.”

Our employees are critical to delivering top-quality for our customers. We invest in their careers and futures to help them find their passion and success. We are rewarded by having the best team in the business. If you want to learn more about apprentice programs in Wisconsin, click here.

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