Aircraft company, union partner to create apprenticeship

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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut aircraft manufacturer is partnering with a major labor union to train the next generation of aerospace employees.

Stratford-based Sikorsky Aircraft and the Teamsters union recently announced an aircraft manufacturing pre-apprenticeship program certified by the Department of Labor.

The Hartford Courant reports the designation allows high school students to apply the hours of work and study certified to any aerospace manufacturer.

The partnership is a response to complaints from manufacturers that workers are in short supply and the demand for machining, additive manufacturing and computer design is high.

George Mitchell, vice president of production operations at Sikorsky, says the company and the union, which represents 4,000 of its workers, begin recruitment in students’ sophomore year.

The apprenticeship can be as short as one year and up to five years.

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