Skills Update
March 2019
ICATT Expansion:
New Cluster in Omaha, NE - New Logistics Profile in Illinois
The GACC Midwest Skills Team is proud to announce two new expansions: A new cluster in Omaha, NE kicked off with an event with Governor Pete Ricketts, and we are launching our new "International Logistics Specialist & Freight Forwarding” a pprenticeship in Illinois in 2019 . Learn more below!

Whether you’re joining one of our clusters, or we’re helping you
set up and certify your own program, the next few months will
be busy! Here’s what you can look forward to:

Upcoming timeline:

  • March-April, 2019: Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting
  • March 26-29, 2019: Train the Trainer in Illinois
  • May 2019: Window of opportunity closes for reaching high school graduates
  • May/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
  • August 2019: ICATT signing days at colleges; semester begins
  • September 5, 2019: Graduation of 2nd ICATT cohort

Kind regards,

Virginia Attaway Rounds
Director, Skills Initiative & ICATT Apprenticeship Program
International Logistics Specialists & Freight Forwarding
The ICATT Apprenticeship Program expands with the addition of the International Logistics & Freight Forwarding apprenticeship. Adding to our three training programs which focus on high-tech manufacturing careers, the International Logistics & Freight Forwarding apprenticeship gives more companies and apprentices the opportunity to work with the ICATT Apprenticeship Program in this dynamic industry.

For further information please contact Ian Duncan .
Recap: ICATT Kickoff event in Omaha, NE with Governor Pete Ricketts
The ICATT Apprenticeship Program is now bringing high quality dual education programs to Nebraska to build and grow a competitive workforce for the manufacturing industry. Together with the Governor of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, and the Department of Labor, we are supporting local businesses to flourish and grow by investing in an on-the-job training strategy. Watch the video of the signing ceremony here .

The kickoff event at CLAAS of America was attended by over 100 people and showcased the strength of the local business and education community. We look forward to growing in Nebraska!

Contact Stefanie Andrews for more information.
Recap: Grand Opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Daley College, IL
Our ICATT team joined the grand opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Daley College with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel as well as dignitaries, students and City Colleges of Chicago faculty. Daley College recently joined as an ICATT Network College, giving manufacturers from Chicago’s south side the opportunity to take part in the award-winning program. The state-of-the-art facility features brand new equipment to teach electronics, fluid power, PLCs, quality control and robotics, with a large shop floor with CNC machines and robotic arms. F uture ICATT apprentices and other students will be able to get training for the much-needed highly skilled manufacturing positions demanded by local employers.

If you are a manufacturer interested in hiring an apprentice to attend Daley College, or any of ICATT’s Network Colleges, please contact Joshua Seeberg.
Recap: ICATT HR Exchange at SG360 in Wheeling, IL
On February 6, the ICATT Team hosted an HR exchange at SG360’s facility in Wheeling, IL. Representatives from ICATT Network Companies as well as our team shared best practices on topics like long-time planning, measures to attract applicants, pre-employment assessment or benefits for apprentices.
A big thank you to all participants for the stimulating discussions and the lively exchange that made the event a great success.

New ICATT Network Company: Welcome to Wagner Machine Co.
Wagner Machine Co. is a precision machine shop located in central Illinois that has grown steadily for over 35 years based on their reputation for doing just that. Wagner Machine Co. offers a wide variety of machining processes in house and is the newest addition to the leading companies that make up the ICATT Network.
To join the ICATT Apprenticeship Program or for more information, please contact Joshua Seeberg
or call (312) 494-2170.
Train the Trainer Seminar: March 26-29, Wheeling, IL
Doing and teaching are distinct skills, and an expert is not always a great teacher. Even if the conditions for learning are great in a company, if trainers don’t have practical tools and techniques on hand to transfer their knowledge, a huge amount of money and resources can be wasted. Trainers need practical skills to transfer their knowledge and ensure effective learning -- and that is where the ICATT Train the Trainer seminar comes into play.

Dates: March 26-29 th , 2019
Time: 8am-4pm
Location: Engis Corporation 105 W Hintz Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
Who: The seminar is primarily focused on providing tools and methods for apprentice trainers. However, HR specialists, supervisors and anyone in a leadership position has found value in the seminar.
Cost: The first 2 participants from ICATT Network Companies incur NO additional cost. Additional participants are $895 per person. Non-ICATT participants are $1250 per person.
Contact Geneva Scurek to RSVP.
ICATT Candidate Outreach - Upcoming Opportunities
In March and April, students, parents and everybody who is interested in the ICATT Apprenticeship Program have the chance to learn more about our program. Our outreach team will answer questions at a number of career fairs. Join us at various career fairs in Illinois:

For further information please contact Ian Duncan .
Open Positions: Join our Skills Initiative Teams across the US
GACC Midwest is looking for two new team members: 

  • Account Manager & Technical Training Advisor - Skills Initiative; located in our Chicago, IL office, focusing on consulting and advising for on-the-job training, as well as coordinating core competencies and college coursework to ensure successful apprenticeships at companies participating in ICATT, MAT2 and other relevant programs.

  • Company Outreach Manager, MAT2 and ICATT Apprenticeship Programs; located in our Detroit, MI office, focusing on recruiting employers to participate in the apprenticeship programs in Michigan managed by GACC Midwest, with additional responsibility for neighboring states such as Indiana & Ohio.

For further information and the complete job descriptions, please click here.

GACC South is looking for four new team members: 

  • Koordinator(in) Berufsausbildung USA (Produktion/Fertigung); in unserem Büro in Atlanta, GA, mit Fokus auf der Umsetzung von Ausbildungsinitiativen in verschiedenen Bundesstaaten sowie der Unterstützung der beteiligten betrieblichen und schulischen Partner.

  • Coordinator Skills Initiative (Georgia); located in our Atlanta, GA office, focusing on building new apprenticeship programs modeled after the German system, as well as identifying and involving share and stakeholders in the state of Georgia and other areas.

  • Consultant Skills Initiative (Texas); located in our Atlanta, GA 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, Skills Initiative (Georgia); located in our Atlanta, GA office, focusing on building new apprenticeship programs modeled after the German system in the Southeast, as well as identifying and involving share and stakeholders.

For further information and the complete job descriptions, please click here.