New Century Careers unveils new robotics apprenticeship

By Julia Mericle, Pittsburgh Business Times

New Century Careers’ Training Innovation Center will offer a new robotics technicians apprenticeship program, according to a news release. 

Department of Labor and Industry Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani announced the program during a tour of the facility Tuesday. 

The program will provide robotics and automation on-the-job training for jobs in Western Pennsylvania, according to the news release. The apprenticeship is part of Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, which will put $70 million into apprenticeship and job training programs and STEM education over a two-year time span. 

“This new program will provide apprentices with skills training for the manufacturing industry and will allow New Century Careers to aid in developing a talent pool of highly skilled workers for local employers,” Cipriani said in a prepared statement. “New Century Careers has successfully trained and placed thousands of workers in careers with local advanced manufacturers. Apprenticeships are a vital tool in this effort, and that’s why Governor Wolf is focused on expanding such training programs for our future and current workforce.” 

The two-year program, sponsored by NCC, requires 4,000 hours of on-the-job training. The Community College of Allegheny County, Catalyst Connection and Tooling-U/SME will contribute to about 300 hours of required instruction. 

Neil Ashbaugh, director of services at NCC, said in the release that collaboration between industry, higher education and training professionals ensure that the region produces a workforce with the most needed skill sets.