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Partnership between Piper Aircraft and IRSC aims to train more highly skilled aviation workers


VERO BEACH — Piper Aircraft, already boasting its biggest staff in a decade, announced Friday it is launching an accredited apprenticeship program in cooperation with Indian River State College. 

Simon Caldecott, president and CEO, said the apprenticeship program is being created in response to the Vero Beach-based aircraft manufacturer’s growing need for highly skilled manufacturing workers.

The two-year program is expected to begin next summer with 10 students.

Caldecott said it is expected to grow to 20 active apprentices by its second year.


The program will include a combination of on-the-job training as well as classroom instruction designed to qualify the participants as a journeyman in aircraft assembly.  

In addition, the company will pay the apprentices' tuition  and treat them as paid Piper Aircraft employees with a full benefits package.


Full article via TC Palm here. 


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