The Kansas Department of Commerce is partnering with Caterpillar Work Tools Inc. and Manhattan Area Technical College to provide short term training through the Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (Workforce AID) pilot project. The program will provide training for individuals interested in entry-level welding jobs at Caterpillar Work Tools in Wamego. The eight week program includes skills required and validated by Caterpillar for participants that have been pre-hired by the company contingent upon completion of the training, linking education directly to a job.
“This Workforce AID project supports a robust Kansas economy by preparing workers with the skills and credentials required by business,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “We are excited to partner with Caterpillar Work Tools Inc. to continue to develop the workforce Kansas companies need.”
Qualified graduates who successfully complete the training will be ready for entry-level jobs at Caterpillar Work Tools with a starting wage of up to $14 per hour. Graduates will also earn college credit and a welding credential from the American Welding Society.
Classes are scheduled to begin May 26, 2015. For more information about the program, please contact Dawn Krause at (785) 320-4558.