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The U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes FANUC America, Rockwell Automation and Industry Partners for Apprenticeship Programs

FANUC, the world’s leading supplier of CNCs, robotics and ROBOMACHINEs, has been named a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) by the Department of Labor (DOL).  FANUC shares this achievement in collaboration with industry partners including Rockwell Automation, APT Manufacturing Solutions and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).

The FANUC America-Rockwell Automation coalition gained recognition for its focus on robotics and advanced automation, specifically the integration of these technologies into systems and the future workforce needed to support them.

Effective May 11, the U.S. DOL issued a Final Rule that establishes a system for advancing the development of high-quality Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). IRAPs provide individuals with opportunities to obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and progressively advancing skills. IRAPs include a paid-work and an educational component that results in industry-recognized certifications.

Industry leaders FANUC and Rockwell have reportedly worked together over the past decade developing training, certifications and an education and training delivery network. This network of educational partners includes over 1200 high school and post-secondary FANUC-certified training organizations, and over 150 university and career technical training partners associated with this industry team.

As an SRE, FANUC and its coalition will work with customers to align it with schools in FANUC’s Education Network that are local to its manufacturing facilities. The team will guide each company to develop an IRAP that helps it build a pipeline of skilled workers by upscaling current employees and filling open positions with high school and college students.

IRAPs incorporate industry-training curriculum and industry certifications that expand into relevant apprenticeships in order to develop the next-generation advanced manufacturing workforce.

For more information, visit https://www.fanucamerica.com.

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