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Vestas, District 6 partner for apprenticeships

Vestas and Greeley-Evans School District 6 are partnering to provide advanced manufacturing apprenticeships to District 6 high school students.

The apprenticeship is employer driven and combines on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Between 10 and 12 students will participate in the apprenticeship program.

“This is one of the programs were are initiating to enhance the college and career readiness of our students,” said District 6 Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “As part of our Innovation2020 strategic plan, we are committed to ensuring every student graduates with the skills they need to pursue higher education, a career or military service. Part of that is expanding apprenticeship and internship opportunities for our students.”

The Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathway was started this year at Greeley Central High School. Currently, 49 students are in the Level 1 course for the program. The program will continue to expand to more advanced classes and training.

Vestas will begin interviewing students the week of January 14, 2019. Students must be 17-years of age, provide their own transportation to and from the apprenticeship, and be enrolled in advanced manufacturing courses through their high school or Aims Community College.

Students will begin work the week of February 25, and will be paid $12 an hour. A mentor will be assigned to the students, and they will work day shift only, with a flexible schedule that allows them to attend their classes. If the students are successful and want to continue the apprenticeship in the summer, their pay rate will go up to $13 an hour. Upon graduation, the students will have the opportunity to continue with Vestas at a rate of $14 to $17.30 an hour, with full benefits and 401K. If aptitude is shown, Vestas may also pay for additional schooling for the students.

Students interested in the Vestas apprenticeship program should visit with their high school counselor.