The apprenticeship program of voestalpine Automotive Body Parts has once again gained recognition from representatives of the State of Georgia. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle named the company as Business Partner of the Year at his recent Annual Business and Education Summit, hosted by the the College and Career Academies of Northwest Georgia.
During the two day Business and Education Summit, hosted by the College and Career Academies of Northwest Georgia, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle named voestalpine Automotive Body Parts as Business Partner of the Year. Shenelle Gordon (Human Resources Manager) and Tokur Pinar (Member of the High Mobility Pool) developed the apprenticeship program together with experienced technicians and accepted the award on the company’s behalf.
Mr. Cagle described how the company was at the forefront of public-private partnerships which, according to him, allow recent high school graduates to thrive and reach their full potential within the profession of their choice. He also noted that this was a prime example of how increased cooperation between public schools and private sector job creators in the region could help build a more dynamic and skilled workforce.
First approved registered apprenticeship program
In addition, Sen. Bruce Thompson, who was also present at the event, expressed his gratitude towards voestalpine Automotive Body Parts for offering such career opportunities to the young people in his constituency of Bartow County. He praised the company’s dedication and commitment to workforce development and said that he looked forward to nurturing this public-private partnership in the future.
Although many registered U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Programs already exist throughout Georgia, the one introduced by voestalpine is the state’s first approved registered apprenticeship program for high school students only. As such, it serves as an example which can be replicated by many other organizations beyond the borders of Bartow County.
About voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc.
voestalpine Automotive Body Parts in Cartersville, GA is voestalpine’s first production site for lightweight construction of ultra-high strength automotive components in the NAFTA region. The plant, which currently covers 10,000 m², was opened in early 2014 and has been expanding ever since. Products (including phs-ultraform components and stamped parts) are mainly sold to premium automotive manufacturers for example for usage in A and B pillars. At the moment, the plant is in its third expansion stage in which voestalpine is investing 50 million USD and which is expected to create 150 more jobs by 2018. voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. is expected to generate a turnaround of 200 million USD by 2020.