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Apprenticeship Programs Offer Culture, Retention Benefits

April 18, 2017

Take one look at ads on Monster.com for manufacturing jobs in San Antonio and you’ll see dozens pop up, posted in just the last few weeks. As with most areas of the country, skilled labor is in demand here.

It’s difficult to grow in manufacturing without the right people in place. At Cox Manufacturing, we are committed to ongoing learning and believe companies need to have apprenticeship programs in place for the long run to help their organization and employees grow.

For background, Cox is a 60-year-old San Antonio maker of precision-cut metal components for everything from aerospace to medical devices. For decades, the company has invested in technology to deliver confidence to our customers.

Cox makes a similar investment in our people, providing formal training, generous benefits and career opportunities like our apprenticeship program. Bill Cox, our president, has built a culture of learning and instills a commitment to continuous improvement in all employees.

The benefits of this investment are clear: a solid pipeline of skilled workers, engaged employees and a competitive advantage. In fact, Cox made Inc. magazine’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 list of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in the United States and continues to build strong relationships with our customers. Since I arrived in 2010, the company size has doubled from 70 to 140 employees.

Apprenticeship Program Snapshot

Determined to build a robust pipeline, Cox implemented a Registered Apprenticeship program, certified by the Department of Labor (DOL) in 2008.

As a world-class company committed to learning, it was important for us to offer an industry-competitive apprenticeship program. That meant being registered and certified by DOL. Guidelines have become stricter related to policy and procedures, creating what is now an industry standard.

To be DOL certified, a company has to meet all the requirements, create a curriculum and submit documentation for approval. Measurement is an important part of the program and everything is audited by the DOL.

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