Glasgow manufacturer creates new youth apprenticeship program

Published: May. 15, 2017 at 4:17 PM CDT
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One of Span Tech's manufacturer training rooms was filled with current and future leaders Monday morning for the official announcement of Span Tech's youth apprenticeship program.

Thanks to the Kentucky Secretary of Labor, the Barren County School District and Span Tech, high school juniors will be able to begin an industrial manufacturing technician apprenticeship, which is a first for Barren County.

Barren County Schools Superintendent Bo Matthews says this opportunity will introduce students to a successful career path option.

"Education has to find a pathway where we match student talents and interest with opportunity. The apprenticeships going to be a formal way of making that happen for our students."

Kentucky Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey believes that our modern day has a new spin on what the word "opportunity" means.

"Here, you have an opportunity to one: to earn money from day one, and second, at the end of it, you have a career, and you have no debt. And so, that's what we're trying to get these young people to understand. And again, I'm not anti-university at all, but what I am is pro-opportunity. And I think that this is where the opportunities are today."

And as far as what the Founder and CEO of Span Tech thinks, Bud Layne is excited to incorporate his 30-year-old conveyor manufacturer family business with a program geared to prepare students for the workforce.

"The link that we want to put together here, is to show young people who are still in high school what an opportunity is for them in a skill of trades. So, that's what apprenticeship is about. We want to take people that are local in our community, teach them a high-value skill, and open up the job opportunity for them where they can stay here, live here, grow up here near their parents, and be successful."

A registered apprenticeship breaking ground for high school students.

Span Tech's registered apprenticeship is a part of the "Kentucky Trained, Kentucky Built" apprenticeship program.

To learn more about Kentucky's registered apprenticeships, click on the link attached to the story.