TAKE 5: LCI chosen for manufacturing training program

Mar. 30, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

This week, we Take 5 with Shirley Rijkse, the director of special projects and careers for Lee County Industries, about LCI’s manufacturing training program. LCI, located on Tramway Road, is a community rehabilitation program serving more than 100 participants each year and managing a budget of well over $1 million.

What is the manufacturing training program, and who can attend?

The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center has chosen LCI, and therefore Lee County, to receive funding to provide Basic Manufacturing Skills Training to 60 young adults an 18-month period. These 60 young adults, ages 18–30 and having some barrier to employment, will receive the following:

* 120 hours of manufacturing skills coursework, including classroom instruction, taught by Central Carolina Community College and industry tours.

* 32 hours of Career Readiness and Pathways classroom instruction.

* 16 hours of social media instruction.

* 4 hours of intense interview instruction.

* Job placement and/or paid work experience.

* Case management.

The application process requires a full application form and proof of a barrier to employment. Proper identification and proof of ability to work in the U.S. are required. Applications are available from LCI or can be downloaded from the LCI website at www.lciinc.org

Applications must be received by April 5 at LCI to be considered for this great opportunity.

What is a Career Readiness Certification?

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information. These three skills are called WorkKeys. WorkKeys assessments measure "real world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.

LCI has partnered with Central Carolina Community College to get each participant in the manufacturing program certified with a bronze, silver or gold level depending on individual abilities. This gives an employer an idea of an applicant’s initial skill level.

How do participants get jobs following this training?

Part of the manufacturing program is case management, which means having dedicated people helping you to find jobs, go to interviews and job coaching as needed to successfully keep the job. Every effort is made to match the individual with an appropriate job, depending on past experiences and current market availability. LCI uses a person-centered approach along with business and community partnerships to help participants with job opportunities. LCI does placements in Lee, Chatham, Harnett, Moore and Cumberland counties.

How do employers benefit from this training being available in Lee County?

Manufacturing is the second largest industry in Lee County; this program can help to offer a more prepared workforce. Students participating in this program have proven skill levels and manufacturing-specific training geared toward today’s workplace environment. This includes teamwork, math and critical thinking skills, along with elements of lean manufacturing and soft skills needed to fit into a business culture. Employers have shared their thoughts by advising the program on the skills necessary for new hires by offering feedback at leadership team meetings.

What else is going on at LCI?

The subcontract floor at LCI has individuals working on kitting, assembly, packaging, labeling, rework and light manufacturing. Whether it’s assembling a small engine or packaging perfume, world-class companies rely on LCI to control their costs, ease crowded plant space, handle unexpected rush projects and provide high-quality, well-inspected service.

LCI offers efficient, highly secure document scanning services to businesses of all types. Services include simple document scanning, management, archival and retrieval, as well as built-in disaster recovery.

People with disabilities are in classrooms, the library, our adaptive technology center, and the break room. LCI helps people with disabilities enjoy their greatest possible freedom and independence. Life skills instruction, employment coaching and other individualized services are offered for participants, along with a broad range of assistance for families. A full range of Community Alternative Program (CAP) services are available through LCI for people in Lee, Moore and Harnett counties with physical, mental and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Through LCI’s fee-for-service programs, offered daily, clients can develop the essential skills they need.

For more information, contact LCI at (919) 775-3439.