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Economic Development and Growth through Education

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EDGE:

Tell us about the implementation of your appren-

ticeship program. How did Apprenticeship Carolina

and

your local tech college help you get it started?

DM:

Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) brought

the opportunities to Eaton and paired us with an

Apprenticeship Carolina consultant. The consultant

actually came to the facility, provided an orientation of

the online system and provided assistance to the human

resources team as apprenticeship information was

uploaded. We appreciate CCTC keeping us in mind as

programs and other benefits became available.

EDGE:

Is there a successful apprentice that you’d like to

highlight?

DM:

Several of the new employees we have hired

by way of the former South Carolina Manufacturing

Certification program at CCTC have been promoted to

positions beyond the entry-level manufacturing roles for

which they were initially hired. Examples include Gary

Chapman, who was originally hired into a production

associate position but was promoted to a Lean/

Continuous Improvement Technician after his first year

of employment.

EDGE:

What are some of the financial benefits of

apprenticeships?

DM:

In addition to the tax credits and the South Carolina

Apprenticeship Initiative (SCAI) grant, we were able to

reduce our recruiting expenses by partnering with CCTC.

The school had an accessible pool of candidates for us to

consider.

EDGE:

How is your local technical college helping to

meet your training needs?

DM:

Eaton has a long-standing partnership with CCTC.

The college has helped us develop training programs

for existing employees on many occasions. We’ve hired

several students who’ve successfully completed the

manufacturing certification program and have also spon-

sored internships for the mechanical drafting program.

“Just do it! All parties

(employees, employer and the

local college) reap the

benefits of apprenticeship.”

— DETRA MARDIS, HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Eaton

is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions

that help its customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and

sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

The Eaton facility in Sumter, SC has been there since 1980, employs more than 750 employees and is the product line

headquarters for Panelboards and Switchboards power distribution products. To learn more, visit

www.eaton.com

EDGE:

Can you think of a word or phrase that best

describes apprenticeship… why?

DM:

Progressive – it’s not an avenue we’ve historically

used at this facility. We’ve been able to add new

members to the team by simply thinking outside the box.

EDGE:

What do you like most about your apprenticeship

program?

DM:

There are several aspects that we like about

apprenticeship:

• The apprenticeship program strengthens our

partnership with the local technical college.

• It required very little effort on our part to get started.

• The apprenticeship program promotes career

opportunities within the local community.

• Apprenticeships offer an additional element of pride

for those who successfully complete the process.

EDGE:

If you had the opportunity to talk to another

company about apprenticeship, what would you say?

DM:

Just do it! All parties (employees, employer and the

local college) reap the benefits of apprenticeship.