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Apprenticeship Career Paths Are Critical for Young People - Matt Poischbeg

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Plastics industry VP and general manager Matt Poischbeg believes that much of his success in life stems from the life and technical skills he acquired as an at-risk teen in Germany. He apprenticed as a 16 year old on a farm and parlayed those skills when he came to the Pacific Northwest as a young man to climb from a mail room intern to the corporate level.

Matt believes secondary education systems should restore apprenticeships as school-endorsed paths to career and life success.

Arguably the biggest hurdle facing manufacturing today is the shortage of skilled workers. With fewer high schools offering hands-on learning through vocational classes, young workers interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing are tasked with figuring out how to start a career in that industry. One facet of the hiring process many undermine is the importance of soft skills, including effective communication, resumes writing and interviewing.

As part of AJAC's and Workforce Snohomish's 10-week pre-apprenticeship training program, the Manufacturing Academy, students are given the opportunity during each cohort to tour a handful of local-area manufacturing companies, to fully understand the soft and technical skills needed to become a productive employee. In May, a dozen students from the Monroe Manufacturing Academy were given the privilege to tour SEA-LECT Plastics, an Everett-based manufacturer specializing in plastic injection molding - particularly for outdoor recreational equipment. SEA-LECT Plastics is a registered Training Agent with apprentices enrolled in AJAC's Tool & Die Maker and Industrial Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeship programs.

This talk was given at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 in Edmonds, Washington.


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