Career Development / Changing Workforce

Apprenticeships for manufacturing jobs help fill big workforce gap

By WCPO 9 Cincinnati

Feb 01, 2016

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Seante Bullock let the associate's degree that she earned in applied science 15 years ago gather dust, opting instead to be a restaurant server since she was 21.

Recently, though, "I came into some heavier responsibilities, so I had to do some heavier things," she said.

Bullock, 37, pivoted to a career path that offers much better pay than waiting tables and one that's hungry for skilled workers: machine tool operating. The industry is thriving in Greater Cincinnati to the point that prospective workers can be trained in a year or less without the need for an associate's or bachelor's degree for entry-level jobs that can pay $20 an hour or more.

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