Span Tech, and it’s local CEO and founder Bud Layne, welcomed as group of around 100 yesterday morning to announce the creation of a new youth apprenticeship program beginning this fall. The first of its kind in Barren County, this collaboration will enable area high school students to begin an Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship at Span Tech starting in their junior year of high school. This will help to create a seamless transition from high school, into the workforce said Ashley Bell, Principal at the Barren County Advanced Technology Center:
Span Tech was started in 1978 by Bud Layne and is a small family owned business that manufactures conveyor systems for food processing, packing, and manufacturing.
Youth apprenticeships in Kentucky are created through a partnership between Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky (TRACK) within the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.
Following graduation from high school, apprentices will pursue post-secondary apprenticeship training. Employers like Span Tech are able to tailor the program for their specific needs and to select the Career and Technical Education courses and students for their apprenticeship pathway.
The need for skilled workers continues to grow, as does the need for good jobs. Judge Executive Micheal Hale says these opportunities have been a priority of his since day one:
Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey told the crowd of over 100 that these types of apprenticeships will absolutely change Kentucky. Ramsey looked directly at the young people and quoted a book he’d read back in college. He said there are two main things and if you can do one of them you’ll be successful and if you can do both, you’ll be wildly successful:
Apprenticeships will change the state of Kentucky
When it comes to making a difference, Dan Iacconi, Executive Director of IDEA says it will be significant:
For more information on Registered Apprenticeships, visit www.KentuckyApprenticeship.com.