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Economic Development & Growth through Education


Steve Burry, employee relations

project manager for Michelin North

America, lauded the program in a

2013 interview with SME’s Manu-

facturing Engineering magazine.

“Building a skilled workforce and

increasing the pipeline for skilled

labor in advanced manufacturing is

very important to Michelin North

America,” said Burry. “Our registered

apprenticeship program aligns very

well with this goal. We understand

the critical role our employees play

in the success of our organization.

This program demonstrates Mi-

chelin’s commitment to our people,

our customers and, ultimately, our


By working together, readySC and

Apprenticeship Carolina provide a

comprehensive training solution for

companies like Michelin that are

looking for long-term success in the


evolved, readySC quickly adjusted to

meet those changing needs.

“We spent a lot of time with Mi-

chelin in all of their expansions,”

said Dr. James “Jim” Morris, execu-

tive director of the SC Technical Col-

lege System from 1986-1994. “The

Michelin experience, and some other

programs that demanded high skill,

helped push us up a notch in terms

of the quality of the training we

were delivering.”

This level of commitment led to a

long-standing partnership that has

supported decades of expansions

and start-ups, demanding ever-in-

creasing skills from the workforce.

South Carolina’s Comprehensive


Through the SC Technical College

System, South Carolina provides a

comprehensive workforce solution

to organizations in the Palmetto

State. As part of the System’s Divi-

sion of Economic Development,

readySC excels at attracting new and

expanding industry to the state. And,

Apprenticeship Carolina

works to

deliver the workforce development

tools necessary to ensure that orga-

nizations grow and prosper in South

Carolina over the long-term. Mi-

chelin provides an excellent example

of this long-term investment in our

state’s business and industry.

In 2013, Michelin announced a

structured two-year apprenticeship

program for all of its maintenance

technicians in South Carolina.

Apprenticeship Carolina guided

Michelin through the registered

apprenticeship process from initial

information to full recognition in the

National Registered Apprenticeship

System. The program was custom

designed to work in conjunction

with the Michelin Scholars program.

Completion of the apprenticeship

program will lead to a full associate’s

degree for each apprentice. Michelin

partnered with technical colleges

across the state to deliver approxi-

mately 1,110 hours of job-related

education consisting of a blend of

classroom learning and hands-on job

experience for all maintenance staff.

Apprenticeship Carolina worked

closely with Michelin to help their

workforce continue to grow by

establishing registered apprentice-

ships designed to enhance the skills

of existing employees.

8,900 jobs, $6 billion total investment in

South Carolina over the past 40 years

Michelin North America is a prime example of long-lasting

success in South Carolina, where the tire maker operates eight

tire plants, two rubber mixing/calendering plants, its corporate

headquarters, a research-and-development facility and a test

track, all employing more than 8,900 in the state.

Building a skilled workforce and increasing

the pipeline for skilled labor in advanced

manufacturing is very important to Michelin

North America. Our registered apprenticeship

program aligns very well with this goal.”