RUTLAND—Community College of Vermont (CCV) is partnering with GE Aviation and Adecco Staffing USA, part of the world’s largest recruitment and workforce solutions provider, to offer a Certified Production Technician (CPT) course in Rutland, which began last week. This course is the first step in establishing a manufacturing pipeline to help GE address a skills gap at its Vermont facility and to help workers receive the necessary training to fill open positions.
The Certified Production Technician (CPT) course provides students with technical skills and an industry-recognized credential in the manufacturing sector. The CPT training program consists of four individual certificate modules: Manufacturing Processes & Production, Quality Practices & Measurement, Maintenance Awareness, and Safety, with Green Production as an optional fifth module.
Courses like the CPT help workers advance their careers by developing specialized skills that GE and other Vermont manufacturers are looking for in their new employees.
“CCV has worked with businesses around the state to provide workforce education to hundreds of Vermont workers,” said Penne Lynch, CCV’s director of workforce development. “We are excited about our partnership with Adecco and GE, which has the potential to benefit workers and boost the regional economy in Rutland County. We have found that public-private collaborations like this one can help companies continue to thrive and create opportunity for Vermonters, and we are looking forward to expanding this program.”
“Each year, we work with thousands of job seekers across the region and one thing we always strongly encourage them to do is build their educational and technical skills through local colleges like CCV,” said Pat Carey, Adecco Staffing regional vice president. “We look forward to our partnership with GE and CCV and developing a local pool of highly qualified workers.”
“We’re excited about our partnership with Adecco and the Community College of Vermont in the Certified Production Technician program,” said Jim Shires, human resources manager at the Rutland GE Aviation plant. “We’re counting on the program to ensure we have a source for talented, qualified people. We hope they will go on to make great, full-time employees for GE and other manufacturers in the community.”
The pipeline developed by CCV, GE, and Adecco would guide prospective manufacturing employees through the CPT course, which would then lead to a paid internship, through Adecco, at the GE Aviation plant in Rutland. In addition to students with a manufacturing background, there are many tradespeople in the area who do not currently meet GE’s requirement of three years of manufacturing experience to be considered for a position. This track would help these people to adapt their existing skill set and secure the relevant credentials for manufacturing work.
CCV is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 7,000 students each semester. With 12 locations and extensive online learning options students can access our 18 degree and seven certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.
Adecco Staffing USA partners with businesses across all major industries to provide staffing services. They also offer job opportunities and advice to American workers at every stage of their careers.
GE Aviation manufactures jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft, and ship propulsion applications.