Skills Update
June 2019
The school year is finished in most regions, and our leading Apprentice Candidates are quickly finding positions. If you still have open positions for the fall 2019 cohort, contact your ICATT Team now to coordinate recruiting efforts and meet our Apprentice Candidates.

Summer also brings the start of exam season, and our current apprentices will be busy with their written and practical exams over the next few weeks – best of luck to all of them!

Keep an eye on our ICATT website so you don't miss any news.

  • June 2019: Apprentices begin trial employment period (recommended)
  • June 30, 2019: Deadline for new companies to join ICATT for the fall 2019 cohort
  • July 2019: Apprentice offer letters signed, if not earlier
  • August 2019: ICATT signing days at colleges; semester begins
  • September 5, 2019: Graduation of second ICATT cohort

Kind regards,

Virginia Attaway Rounds
Director, Skills Initiative & Apprenticeship Programs
Daniel Crawford became one of the first at Krones to take part in the ICATT Apprenticeship Program .

He is currently in his second year of his apprenticeship and aspires to be a training service technician in the blow molding department, which specializes in the process of making PET plastic bottles.
Learn more about Daniel and his path to success at Krones Inc.
Join us on July 11 for the Second Annual Veteran Career Summit .

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time: 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Location: mHUB , 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

This half-day summit will provide tools, resources, and networking opportunities while highlighting the value of developing a veteran’s workplace initiative. This includes discussing the creation of long-term career opportunities and strategies to ensure success.
Register here to attend the event or contact Stefanie Andrews for more information.
Industry 4.0 - the networked and connected factory - is revolutionizing the manufacturing world. Join us as we examine how Industry 4.0 and apprenticeship programs change and enable one another.

This year, our Transatlantic Apprenticeship Initiative Workshop will take place August 21-22 at Automation Alley in Troy, MI . The delegation trip to Germany will take place October 21-25.
For more information, contact Stefanie Andrews or visit our website .
The May 2019 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering – a publication that helps manufacturing professionals enhance the productivity of their companies’ cutting and grinding operations – featured an interview with  Virginia Rounds , Director of the  ICATT Apprenticeship Program.

In the article, Rounds discussed the value of apprenticeships for both participating companies and apprentices.
Read the full article and visit our website for more information.
Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan visited the production floor at E.G.O. North America Inc. in Newnan to learn about Georgia’s German-style apprenticeship program .

GA CATT combines practice, theory, and work to train a globally-competitive workforce.
Read the full article here and visit our website for more information about GA CATT .
Catalent Pharma Solutions is a drug development, delivery, and supply partner with more than 80 years of experience. Headquartered in New Jersey with operations in Woodstock, IL, the company optimizes and manufactures pharmaceutical, biologic, consumer health, and beauty products for more than 7,000 customers.
For further information, please contact Joshua Seeberg or call (312) 494-2170.
Our GACC Midwest Skills Team welcomes Darlene Bidwell as the new Account Manager for Michigan's MAT² apprenticeship program .

Prior to joining the MAT² Apprenticeship team, Darlene worked as a program manager for a non-profit in southwest Detroit where she implemented a workforce development program. She has also worked for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, developing conferences and courses in plastics manufacturing for engineers and technicians.
You can reach Darlene at or (734) 751-9277.
GACC Midwest i s adding to our Illinois team

Company Account Manager, Apprenticeship Programs ; located in our Chicago, IL office, the account manager will be primarily responsible for advising companies on the apprenticeship programs managed by GACC Midwest, determining suitability, and increasing the number of company participants. 

GACC South is looking for two new team members: 

Consultant Skills Initiative ; located in our Houston, TX office, focusing on building new apprenticeship programs modeled after the German system, as well as identifying and involving share- and stakeholders in the Southeast.

Consultant ; located in our Atlanta, GA office, focusing on planning and executing projects, the new consultant will advise companies on their market entry and expansion strategy, conduct market research as well as identify prospective customers and projects.
For further information and the complete job descriptions, please click here.
Contact us for more information
Virginia Rounds
GACC Midwest
Director, Skills Initiative

321 N Clark St, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 494-2163
Nicole Heimann
GACC South
Director, Skills Initiative

1170 Howell Mill Rd, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 586-6829

Matthew Allen
GACC New York
Director, Careers & Education

80 Pine St, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 974-8856