Skills Update
November 2018
National Apprenticeship Week is Upon Us!
This year's National Apprenticeship Week will be held from November 12 - 18, celebrating and honoring certified apprenticeship programs as well as their pioneers throughout the entire nation. From open houses at our employers, to info sessions on how to get involved, we'll be busy! Head over to our website to stay up to date on all the latest events.

On the occasion of Apprenticeship Week, the GACCs will present their Apprenticeship Awards in Washington, D.C. at the Representative for German Industry and Trade (RGIT) on November 14. For more information on the Awards, see our article below.

Upcoming timeline:

  • November 12-16, 2018 National Apprenticeship Week
  • November 14, 2018: GACC Apprenticeship Awards 2018, Washington D.C.
  • November 16, 2018: Deadline for new companies to join the ICATT spring cohort. 
  • December 2018: Recruiting and trial employment
  • January 2019: Spring cohort for ICATT Advanced Manufacturing Technicians begins (Chicago region)  

Kind regards,

Virginia Attaway Rounds
Director, Skills Initiative & ICATT Apprenticeship Program
Meet ICATT at National Apprenticeship Week, November 12 - 16, 2018
This month, several companies across the ICATT -map will host open houses during the annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). Interested students, teachers, counselors and parents can gain a better understanding of what modern manufacturing looks like and what careers are available in this industry. At the same time manufacturing companies can showcase their facilities, products, and technologies. On November 12, Principal Manufacturing in Broadview, IL will host groups of future leaders to showcase career options in modern manufacturing. For further dates for open houses at ICATT Network Companies, stay tuned on our events page .

If you would like to attend any open house, please contact Melissa Kmetz or call (312) 585-8348.
Celebrating Apprenticeships - Join Us at the Apprenticeship Awards
The GACCs are presenting their “Apprenticeship Awards” to honor the best and brightest apprenticeship programs. The Award Celebration takes place on November 14 in Washington, D.C.

The awards celebrate companies for their leadership in workforce development by implementing apprenticeship programs in the US and thus creating valuable career pathways for future generations. Learn more on our homepage or contact Stefanie Andrews.
Transatlantic Apprenticeship Dialogue: On The Job Training

Don’t miss out on this intercultural exchange and trainer educational event series! Learn about best practices and methods for apprenticeship programs from your German industry counterparts (both small and mid-sized companies).

On-the-Job Training Trip to Germany - December 3-8
Join us for a week in Germany and experience apprenticeship style education and training from a front row seat! Starting in Stuttgart, headquarters of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz all the way up to the country's capital city of Berlin.
Deadline for the sign up is November 16. Register here!
This project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany, funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).
Welcome to Our New ICATT Network Company
Exegistics is a Logistics Services and Operations Management Provider that embraces and drives innovation to deliver cost, service, and quality impr ovements in your supply chain through four core offerings: warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, operational staff as well as technology innovation.

To join the ICATT Apprenticeship Program or for more information, please contact Joshua Seeberg
or call (312) 494-2170.
ICATT Network Company Announces Multi-Million Expansion
On October 26, 2018, Gov. Bruce Rauner, our ICATT Network Company HARTING and the City of Elgin announced a $6 million facility expansion at the German company's world-class North American Headquarters in Elgin.

ICATT Outreach at Schools and Career Fairs
Though the winds of November are upon us, we are already planning for next August! In addition to helping our companies find apprentices to attend Triton College and Elgin Community College for the cohort starting in January 2019, the ICATT team is in the midst of outreach season to help raise awareness and recruit future talent for apprenticeships starting next summer.
If you would like to join us for a career fair or presentation, visit us online or contact Melissa Kmetz for further information. 
Open Positions: Join the GACC Midwest Skills Initiative Team
GACC Midwest is looking for two new positions: 

  • Coordinator, Skills Initiative and ICATT Apprenticeship Program, focusing on outreach to applicants and managing relationships with referral partners. 
  • Manager, Skills Initiative; located in our Michigan office, focusing on apprenticeship programs in MI, especially company outreach and onboarding. 

Recap: Train the Trainer Course @ Triton College
From October 9 - 12, the ICATT Apprenticeship Program hosted another valuable Train the Trainer course at Triton College.

The course covered a variety of different teaching methods and gave a detailed insight into the specifics of communication and on how to approach various challenging scenarios in the workplace.

Congratulations to our participants from Chicago Plastic Systems Inc, Endress+Hauser Group, Federal-Mogul Motorparts, Seyer Industries, Inc., Krones AG, PolyOne, Scot Forge, SG360 and The Diemasters Inc. for sending their trainers to this course.

Want to join us for the next Train the Trainer course? Find more information here.