BATON ROUGE – Dow Chemical Company has joined the ranks of Louisiana’s growing list of registered apprenticeships, becoming the latest program to seek registration through the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).
While the Dow U.S. Apprenticeship Program has operated successfully at the national level, this marks the expansion and integration of the program into the Louisiana workforce system.
Dow’s apprenticeship program offers classroom instruction and on-the-job training in the manufacturing careers of instrument electrical technician, chemical process technician and millwright. The three-year program provides a starting salary of $14 per hour with gradual increases. Though not guaranteed, the intent is that the apprentices would fill full-time positions upon completion of the program.
Apprentices will also earn an associate’s degree in their chosen craft through Dow’s partnerships with River Parishes Community College and South Central Louisiana Technical College.
To qualify for the Dow apprenticeship program, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalency, be at least 18 years old and must pass a series of aptitude and physical testing requirements. Applications are typically accepted in January each year, with employment beginning prior to the fall college semester.
“Having Dow’s Apprenticeship Program registered with the Louisiana Workforce Commission is a huge milestone for our program,” said Dustin Troxclair, Louisiana Operations Apprenticeship Tech Leader. “This will provide additional opportunities to our local veterans and community members to build our future workforce.”
“Our agency is excited to welcome Dow to our registered apprenticeship family,” said Ava Dejoie, LWC Executive Director. “The program’s track record speaks for itself and sets the standard for what we hope to achieve through every on-the-job training initiative. Manufacturing jobs are the backbone of our economy, so it is imperative that we continue to build this industry’s labor force with highly-skilled workers.”
“Dow’s registration with the state is a continuation of a program that has achieved much success throughout the country,” said Joseph Hollins, LWC Director of Apprenticeship. “Dow has been recognized as an apprenticeship leader by the U.S. Department of Labor, and we fully expect that legacy to continue here in Louisiana.”
About The Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.
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