Dayton-Phoenix Plant to Receive New Apprenticeship Grant

Program at locomotive parts manufacturer is first in Ohio

to receive new funds to foster advancement in worker skills

A new grant to fund an Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship (IMT) program will be awarded on Monday to the Dayton-Phoenix Group, Dayton plant.  The grant, as part of a larger U.S. Department of Labor program announced last year, will fund apprenticeships for journeyman industrial manufacturing technicians at the plant.  This is the first IMT site to be approved in Ohio, paving the way for other IMT programs to be implemented across the state. Program participants at the Dayton-Phoenix plant will begin an 18-month training program that will give them the necessary skills to staff the growing technical needs of this plant which produces locomotive components.  This program is a win-win for employees and company owners – employers gain new skills, and the company invests in a more highly trained workforce.  The grant is for $20,000 and is expected to fund the training of nine technicians at the plant.

“This grant is an opportunity to highlight cooperation between labor and management to ensure that we have the necessary skilled workforce to bolster the manufacturing sector here in Dayton,” said Brian Mason, shop chairman and machinist at the Dayton-Phoenix Group plant.  “This will set the bar for area manufacturing in the future,” he said.

“Our partnership with the IUE-CWA has been an integral part of the development and implementation of this program,” said Keith Lang, director of manufacturing at the plant.  “Most companies have a similar strategy and goal structures, but the real differentiator in any business is your people and this program reflects that priority,” he said.

“We are proud of the professional skills that Ohio union apprenticeship programs provide to workers,” said Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga. “Apprenticeships are an important pathway to jobs that provide working people with wages to sustain a family. As we look at innovative ways to combat income inequality and to raise wages for all workers, apprenticeship programs should be at the center of that discussion,” he said.

The apprenticeship grants are part of a larger push by the Obama Administration to highlight the need for affordable, quality career and education choices for students and workers.

Who:               Representatives from labor and management of Dayton-Phoenix Inc.

What:              Award of apprenticeship program funding

Where:            Dayton-Phoenix Group-Dayton Plant @ 1619 Kuntz Road Dayton, OH

When:             Monday May 16, 2016 @ 10:00AM