By Jason Herndon, Training Specialist for DuPont Titanium Technologies Over the past few years, the DuPont manufacturing site in New Johnsonville, Tennessee, has struggled to find qualified applicants to fill vacant mechanical and instrument and electrical technician positions. According to a recent internal analysis, we expect to see attrition continue at approximately 30 to 35 employees per year over the next three to four years, and we believe the need to find qualified candidates will continue to grow. To help combat this issue, we developed a training program in partnership with Nashville State Community College (NSCC) to offer NCCER training along with on-the-job experience at our site. The training and experience qualifies trainees to take the required NCCER assessments in order to apply for open positions at the DuPont site. Trainees are selected from a panel of applicants through a standardized set of aptitude tests and interviews. Once selected, the trainees register as students at NSCC and major in Industrial Process Control Technology. Afterwards, trainees attend classes and are paid to work on site. Classes are based on the following NCCER curricula: Core, Industrial Electrical, Industrial Instrumentation, Millwright and Pipefitting. These modules have been aligned as requirements for the Industrial Process Control Technology concentration. Upon completion of the program, trainees will receive an associate degree in applied science and, depending on business needs at the time of completion, an offer for employment in our maintenance department. Since our training program began in June 2014, a total of five trainees have been hired at the New Johnsonville DuPont site, and seven more trainees from NSCC have been selected to start on-the-job training in January. We have been very pleased with the success of the program and look forward to hiring many more workers! Companies looking to start a program similar to ours can follow these 12 steps, as detailed from NCCER’s Construction Career Pathways Conference: Step 1 – Analyze your need Step 2 – Research existing programs Step 3 – Identify available resources Step 4 – Identify stakeholders Step 5 – Establish your organization’s goals and objectives Step 6 – Reach out to potential partners Step 7 – Collaborate with partners to determine a plan Step 8 – Determine the scope of partnership Step 9 – Develop a marketing strategy Step 10 – Implement the collaborative plan Step 11 – Meet routinely to maintain progress Step 12 – Evaluate the program

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NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.