STUDENT SUCCEEDS WITH SIGNICAST
GPS Education Partners is excited to share another inspiring success story that illustrates how, together, we are closing the skills gap and transforming lives by developing a robust talent pipeline for manufacturers and accelerated pathways to manufacturing careers for students! A 2015 graduate, Robert N., recently accepted an employment offer with Signicast Investment Castings in Hartford, Wisconsin. Signicast has partnered with us since 2010, providing dozens of students with opportunities to work as part of the largest and most technically advanced provider of precision investment castings.
Roxanne Betts, Training Coordinator at Signicast, speaks of Signicast’s relationship with GPS Education Partners proudly explaining, “when students are in the GPS Education Partners program, companies treat them as an employee and part of the team environment. This process helps students that are truly interested in manufacturing grow and become good employees in our industry.” The investment casting industry, which is estimated at $4.75 billion in North America and close to $12 billion worldwide*, is just one of many industries that students are prepared to thrive within as a result of training through GPS Education Partners’ innovative program.
Partnership with GPS Education Partners requires a level of commitment that extends far beyond financial sponsorship. Betts elaborates by stating, “as a partner, Signicast has trained mentors that provide solid direction for the students and let them know we have expectations for them along with coaching and feedback. These are the lifelong skills GPS students learn and take with them after the program into manufacturing positions such as those [available] at Signicast.”
Robert is a prime example of how the innovative GPS Education Partners curriculum, mentorship, hands-on work experience, and committed partners have directly prepared him for success in a technical career with Signicast. Robert reflects, “I’ve built up a lot of technical skills in the program and found new career paths that I hadn’t previously considered.” Now working as a Dip and Dewax Technician with Signicast, Robert coats wax molds with ceramic material, controls and operates robots for dipping molds, and operates a high-pressure autoclave for wax removal.
Best wishes to Robert and Signicast for a long and prosperous relationship! Together, we are closing the skills gap. Together, we are transforming lives!
*Statistics taken from the April 2013 edition of INCAST, the International Magazine of the Investment Casting Institute.
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