MILWAUKEE, WI – February 9, 2015 – Super Steel has partnered with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW) to launch an innovative and collaborative welder skills development program in order to train and place the next generation of manufacturing talent in welding careers. This program is a part of the HCCW Welder Training Initiative that was launched last year and that has emerged as a national leader in private-public partnership with ITW/ Miller Electric Mfg. Co. as the HCCW’s lead partner, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the American Welding Society Foundation, the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) among other technical colleges and workforce investment boards in the state.
“We are very enthusiastic about our partnership with the HCCW,” said Dirk Smith, Super Steel President and CEO. “We believe training programs such as this one can address in a meaningful way many issues that we see within our workforce while at the same time place new employees on the path toward success. Our workforce is about 50% welders, so we are committed to building and developing the careers of those in this industry.”
This high-quality, accelerated training initiative is designed to have trainees job ready within eighteen weeks through a three part process including HCCW Essential Life Skills Training, MATC Technical Training and Mentored-On-the-Job Training in addition to vital one-on-one support provided for trainees who are case-managed by the HCCW to help insure trainee success. This initiative distinguishes itself by including an essential life skills component led by the HCCW. “Providing the life skills, such as communication, team work and conflict resolution, in addition to the technical and mentored On-the-Job Training is so important,” said Heather Krugler, Corporate Communications Specialist at Super Steel. “This is a great opportunity for us to engage and create the talent which will in turn strengthen our internal workforce.”
A HCCW-Miller Electric-Super Steel customized and MATC-accredited training program will teach the technical skills needed to obtain a base level welding position at Super Steel, with a specific focus on the skills needed for Super Steel customers. This unique training program is offered at no cost to the trainees. Upon successful completion of the HCCW and MATC portions, trainees will be placed in a full-time, paid role at Super Steel in which they will complete three weeks of classroom training followed by nine weeks of mentored on the job training. “We are excited to be at the national forefront of this new-generation skills development solution,” said Jorge Franco, HCCW Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are so proud of the HCCW Workforce Development and Essential Life Skills teams who do so much on behalf of the program’s participants in both a group and one-on-one setting in order to motivate and inspire outstanding trainee results.”
Candidates are paid to participate in the HCCW Essential Life Skills Training portion and space is limited. To sign up for this program please contact Pamela at the HCCW Economic and Workforce Development Center of Excellence at (414) 643-6963 or visit the HCCW website at www.HCCW.org/workforce-development/welding-initiative-training/ for more information.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin