New training to cultivate more skilled laborers in Eastern Kentucky

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT)- Employees of Philips Diversified Manufacturing are set to work on a new apprenticeship program that would take the more than 200 employees to a whole new level of training and experience.

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Phillips Diversified Manufacturing is creating a welding program that is aimed at cultivating more skilled laborers in Eastern Kentucky.

The manufacturing company already employees over 200 people in Clay, Jackson, and Laurel Counties. Tracy Stivers, a member of the board of directors, says this training can set the company up for a successful future.

"This program we truly feel is going to bring all our past training to a whole new level."

The training will include six thousand hours of training along with 144 hours of classroom training. At the end of the training, participants will receive a national certification with improved skills and improved employability.

Kentucky Labor Secretary, Derrick Ramsey also attended today’s event and says this new type of training is what the Bluegrass needs to keep Kentuckians employed and training in the workplace.

“We have to be aggressive and get people trained up and ready to go."

The company says they already have 4 employees enrolled for the training.



 
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