White House UpSkills Summit - Fives shares apprenticeship success

Fives recently participated in the White House Upskill Summit, a national initiative launched by President Obama that calls on businesses to help workers of all ages earn a shot at better, higher-paying jobs, even if they do not have a higher education. 

Ed Bisig, Director of Human Resources for Fives Machining Systems, attended the summit, joining 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across America who are equipping workers with the skills they need to advance. Bisig participated in the Apprenticeships working group where he shared ideas on ways to accelerate apprenticeship programs across the country, as well as broaden their reach into non-traditional fields such as healthcare. 

Since 2005, Fives Machining Systems, Inc. has graduated 13 apprentices and has another 11 currently in the program, seven of which will graduate in 2015. The apprentices receive up to four years of on-the-job training in addition to a rigorous educational requirement. The company’s investment in each apprentice is greater than $200,000. Upon graduation, these employees transition to a role at Fives with strong knowledge and experience in high-tech manufacturing, but without the burden of student loans.