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FANUC, Rockwell Automation form skill gap coalition

Feb. 26, 2021
The two companies have started programs to accelerate work and learn apprenticeships designed to upskill current and future workers for jobs in advanced manufacturing, robotics and automation

(Source: FANUC America)

FANUC America and Rockwell Automation have formed a coalition to begin accelerated work and learn apprenticeship programs meant to upskill current and future workers for jobs in advanced manufacturing, robotics and automation.

The coalition includes APT, a FANUC and Rockwell Automation systems integrator, and NOCTI Business Solutions, which provides independent assessments of occupational standards and validation using International Organization for Standardization (ISO) process validation methods. Franklin Apprenticeships is also a partner.

The coalition has developed new apprenticeship programs offering people opportunities to gain credentials that include fundamental robotics (Robot Operator) and automation (PLC Operator). The program offers a second level of credentials for Robot and PLC Technicians. A third credentialing level called Integration Specialist builds on the fundamental and technical skills that teaches people to operate and troubleshoot integrated FANUC-Rockwell Automation technologies.

"Our number one goal is to help create a worker pipeline that will not only help people increase their skills and future earning potential, but to help manufacturers achieve their production goals and maintain a thriving economy," said Paul Aiello, director of education, FANUC America. "In most cases, current and future workers can complete the apprenticeship skills training and achieve their industry-recognized certifications in less than one year. It’s also important to note that these programs support all types of apprenticeship and certification models, including pre-apprenticeships."

The apprenticeship programs aim to help companies rapidly upskill employees at every level from operator to technician to integration system specialist.

"As technology advances at a fast pace, it is important that companies play a bigger role in education to ensure a safe, productive and sustainable work environment," said Aiello.

Over 40 companies, including Dana, Magna, Tyson Foods and Flex-N-Gate, have agreed to support and participate in apprenticeships for automation technologies.

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