Dow U.S. Apprenticeship Program Pilot Expanding to U.S. Military Veterans
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) will expand the Dow U.S. Apprenticeship program to include Michigan U.S. military veterans in 2015. Expanding the program is part of Dow’s commitment to the uniformed services, and demonstrates the Company’s confidence that those who have served in the military bring a strong foundation of discipline, commitment and respect to civilian careers.
“We are also thrilled to be including veterans in our next round of recruits, an example of how Dow values the skills that U.S. military veterans bring to the workforce,” said Johanna Soderstrom, corporate vice president of Human Resources. “Dow’s investment in this program demonstrates how critical skills-based training is for America's global competitiveness and for Dow’s growth agenda.”
On March 23, the first class of apprentices recruited from the pilot began training for roles as Instrument Electrical Technicians and Process Technicians at Dow locations in Freeport, Texas; Seadrift, Texas; and Pittsburg California. Through partnerships between Dow and local community colleges the apprentices will receive three years of world-class training and on-the-job experience in some of the most sought after and highest earning technical specialties in the industry. During this time the apprentices will have their tuition funded by Dow, and they will receive a competitive salary that increases incrementally over their tenure in the program. Upon completion of the program, apprentices will be evaluated for employment opportunities at Dow.
“We are excited to welcome our first apprentices to the Dow family and wish them success throughout their apprenticeship and future,” said Soderstrom.
In addition to recruiting veterans in Michigan, Dow will recruit the next class of apprentices in April to begin work this summer at these locations: Bayport, Texas; Deer Park, Texas; Freeport, Texas; Seadrift, Texas; Texas City, Texas; and Pittsburg, California. The Company expects to hire approximately 60 apprentices in 2015, training participants as Chemical Process Operators, Instrument Electrical Technicians and Analyzer Technicians. Dow's Apprenticeship program will supplement existing company-sponsored training programs for those technical specialties.
“To be a leading science and technology company in our target markets, we must be proactive in attracting and training capable talent to help close a widening technical skills gap,” said Peter Holicki, corporate vice president of Operations. “Dow is a complex company with high standards for quality, safety and reliability. This program allows us to hire and train the workforce we need to fuel our Company’s success.”
In partnership with local community colleges, Dow will apply for the American Apprenticeship Grant. The American Apprenticeship Grant competition will focus on public-private partnerships between employers, business associations, joint labor-management organizations, labor organizations, training providers, community colleges, local and state governments, the workforce system, non-profits and faith-based organizations. The Department of Labor is inviting public-private partnerships to apply for $100 million in grants to develop and implement innovative, high-quality registered apprenticeship programs.
The Dow U.S. Apprenticeship Program supports a major initiative of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort to secure U.S. leadership in emerging technologies by creating high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhancing America's global competitiveness. For more information on the Dow U.S. Apprenticeship Program or to apply for a position, visit here.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.