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The Pioneer News, Free job training could lead to GE jobs

By Thomas Barr

Date Published: 10/15/2015

Shepherdsville -- General Electric would like to hire 100 new employees by the end of this year.

The one condition is that they would need those employees to be certified in a generalized program.

The Certified Production Technician (CTP) program is a four-week process. The problem is that time is growing critically short.

During a recent meeting of the Bullitt County Ready to Work committee, Cindy Read of the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center spoke about an opportunity for local residents 18 years and older.

Trying to offer the CPT training had one big hurdle to clear -- finding space that could be utilized from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Donna Miller, director of the Bullitt County campus for Jefferson Community and Technical College, said that by rearranging some existing classes, space has been found at the Buffalo Run site.

With a cap size of 15 students, the mission now is to get that first class filled and ready for training by the first week of November.

Read said before a person can be accepted into the training program, he or she must go through one of the orientation sessions.

Orientations are held at 2 p.m. on the remaining Mondays and Wednesdays in October.

Another condition is that to be accepted, a person must have a National Career Readiness Certificate silver level.

If you don’t, Read said those standards would be met with assistance and testing during the orientation session.

Those interested must call 502-276-9711 ext. 4001 to register for an orientation session.

Five area orientation sites have been set up for October.

Miller said that the Bullitt County Public School System has offered the NCRC the past few years so recent graduates should already have that certification.

As part of the Work Ready certification, one of the requirements has been to increase the percentage of individuals with that designation.

The four-week training offers a variety of skill sets with a test on each Friday.

Read said that those certified, of which 175 have been since the beginning of the training in 2013, can have an easier time securing manufacturing jobs.

Even after the GE jobs are filled, Rena Sharpe said there are many opportunities in the manufacturing field.

As vice president of North American operations for Westport Global and as chairperson of the Kentuckiana Works board, Sharpe knows that employers are looking for trained individuals.

She said her employer will give some preference to those who have the CPT certification.

The self-directed, computer-based training provides those 18 and older with some general knowledge that would make them be a better employee in general.

Once they are employed, the manufacturers can actually train the individuals in specific areas.

As an added bonus for those who complete the four-week CPT program is that they will earn four hours of credit toward a manufacturing degree through Jefferson Community and Technical College.

The training is free and will only be held during the month of November for this particular push for GE. Those selected to work at General Electric will start at $15.51 per hour, plus benefits.

GE officials have said that they are looking for those with the CPT certification or past manufacturing experience.

The free CPT training is being offered by KentuckianaWorks and the Greater Louisville Workforce Development Board, which provides job training and career services in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Shelby, Oldham, Spencer and Trimble counties.

Other orientation sites are: Shelbyville, Shelby County Kentucky Career Center, 88 Brunerstown Road, Tuesdays at 8 a.m.; Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center, Kentucky Career Center Nia Center and Kentucky Career Center, all in Louisville.

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