Siemens in Charlotte welcomes its largest-ever class of incoming apprentices

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 4:16 pm EDT

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Charlotte, NC

Continuing to build on the success of its flagship apprenticeship program in the United States, Siemens’ Charlotte Energy Hub this week welcomed its largest-ever class of incoming apprentices. At a special signing ceremony held at the Siemens Charlotte facility, eight new apprentices formally joined Siemens’ four-year apprenticeship program.

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Students will attend classes at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) while getting paid to work at Siemens’ advanced manufacturing facility in Charlotte. Siemens pays for the costs of tuition and books for the apprentices, ensuring that students do not incur education debt. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices earn an associate’s degree in Computer Integrated Machining or Mechatronics from CPCC, along with a Journeyman certificate from the state of North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Labor – and a job at Siemens.

“We are very pleased to welcome these new apprentices to the Charlotte Energy Hub. The continued growth of our successful apprenticeship program highlights the effectiveness of this model in training the workforce of the future,” said Judy Marks, CEO of Siemens USA. “The apprenticeship program is a win-win for us and for students. We recruit talented and motivated workers for our advanced manufacturing facility, and students graduate debt-free with an associate’s degree and real-world training.”

Based on the success of its Charlotte program, Siemens has initiated similar apprenticeship programs in Sacramento, metro Atlanta, and Fort Payne, Alabama. Earlier this year at the White House, Siemens announced a commitment to double the size of its apprenticeship program, with plans to expand to an additional four states.

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Siemens launched its apprenticeship program in Charlotte in 2011 when the company faced challenges finding skilled workers to fill available positions. To create a pipeline of qualified workers for the future, Siemens developed an apprenticeship program based on the dual system of education in Germany. Partnering with CPCC, Siemens sent professors to receive training at the company’s technical academy in Berlin.

These eight new apprentices will join the 13 recent high school graduates currently participating in the Charlotte program. Since the Charlotte apprentice program launched in 2011, there have been 13 graduates. This past January, there were over 100 registrants including high school and community college students, as well as veterans for the Apprenticeship Charlotte Alliance and Apprenticeship 2000 joint open house.

Siemens’ Charlotte Energy Hub is one of the lead facilities in the company’s global manufacturing network and serves as the worldwide hub for Siemens 60 Hz power generating equipment. Opened in 1969, the facility has manufactured and serviced generators and steam turbines for the power generation market for decades. In November 2011, the facility celebrated the opening of a new expansion, adding gas turbine production and service capabilities. The new Gas Turbine facility was designed based on LEAN manufacturing principles and is certified to U.S. LEED Gold green building standards. With its current workforce of 1,600 and more than one million square feet of space under roof, Siemens Energy in Charlotte has become one of the largest manufacturers in the city and also one of the largest among the 250+ Energy companies based in Charlotte.

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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Contact:

Erin McAlister
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erin.brown@siemens.com