Chamber Apprenticeship Program Approves New Partners

The Hanover Chamber’s Apprenticeship program recently added two new partners, Abbottstown Industries and Precision Cut Industries. Both manufacturers have a strong need for young talent to replace their retiring workers, a problem that most in the manufacturing industry are facing. The new partners were approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in February, making a total of six local manufacturers accepting pre-apprentices and apprentices through this chamber initiative. The current employers now include Elsner Engineering Works; Utz Quality Foods; KLK School of Welding; and R.H. Sheppard, a Wabco Company.

Additionally, Conewago School District is making an effort to join the program as well. Once approved, Conewago will be the largest school district participating in the Hanover Chamber’s Appenticeship Program. Hanover Public School District and South Western School District are the current schools involved.

The Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce was the first chamber in Pennsylvania to submit a Chamber Apprenticeship Model that was approved by the PA Department of Labor and Industry.

Through the apprenticeship program, high school students will have the opportunity to begin as a pre-apprentice in their junior year, with the program structured around their high school curriculum and work within one of the participating companies. Upon graduation, the student will have the opportunity to complete a paid apprenticeship within the company.

The apprenticeship program is part of a greater workforce development initiative by the Hanover Chamber, in collaboration with local partners in business and education.  Noting the need for a talented and competitive workforce, the chamber began implementing strategies to educate and develop the future workforce over 15 years ago.

To learn more about the Hanover Chamber’s Apprenticeship Program, please watch this video.