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How voestalpine succeeds in attracting skilled workers in Shelbyville

Christopher Eberl
Christopher Eberl is editorially responsible for the topics on the blog as well as for the apprentice website. With his stories he provides deep insights into the diverse world of the voestalpine Group.

Training and retaining qualified skilled workers is a global challenge. voestalpine Roll Forming Corporation in Shelbyville, Kentucky (USA) achieves extraordinary success with an attractive program.

Cooperation, training support and advancement opportunities: state-of-the-art employee development is made up of many tools. voestalpine Roll Forming Corporation (RFC) in Kentucky bundles these tools into an extraordinary opportunity—for skilled workers and companies alike.

Education binds

“RFC trains motivated and talented employees in close partnership with the Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). Training occurs during working hours and RFC pays the full tuition costs,” comments Patty Sweasy, RFC Safety Manager/Training Coordinator, on the cornerstones of the training program. Rickie Jeffries, Tool Room Supervisor, adds, “RFC invests in this program to retain skilled toolmakers for years to come. RFC has been involved with this program since 2005.” The statistics confirm the success of this strategy: 100% of all employees who have graduated from the program since 2005 are still with the company, and some have even become engineers. Currently, several Tool Design and Build employees, including former graduates, mentor students and lecture at JCTC as well.


Identification with the company

If you ask program graduates like tool designer Travis Cabell what they think about the program, they speak with pride: “I moved into the design department and I am now able to put my own and others ideas into improving the tools and processes. I am proud that I am still able to have the partnership with our toolmakers to help our company grow with first class tooling.”

Patty Sweasy points out that this identification with the company improves its reputation as an employer in the long term and makes it more attractive for future employees. Not only RFC and its employees, but also the region benefits from the program. A fact that is also confirmed by Greg Phillips, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator at the JCTC. The cooperation makes this training possible in the first place and also helps determine its direction. A training program with so many winners deserves a long future.

"If we don’t invest in these students, someone else will. The success of RFC depends on the knowledge, training, and retention of employees."
Patty Sweasy, Safety Manager/Training Coordinator, Human Resources

RFC Tool Design and Build Department.


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