Vermont Precision Tools to hold eighth train-to-hire program

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Vermont Precision Tools to hold eighth train-to-hire program

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 4:28pm -- Anonymous
Applications for Free Education Program Due June 23rd, 2019 Swanton

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Precision Tools (VPT), the Swanton manufacturer of high quality precision tools used in the automotive, medical and aeronautic industries, and Vermont HITEC, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to high-quality workforce development, are accepting applications for the latest advanced manufacturing program that will lead to guaranteed full time jobs with Vermont Precision Tools upon successful completion. Up to 12 selected participants will attend a 4-week program starting July 29th, 2019 with employment beginning August 26th.

“I am grateful to be a part of a company as progressive in workforce development as Vermont Precision Tools. The VPT HITEC program creates opportunities for individuals to thrive locally in advanced manufacturing” said Jesse Thomas, Instructor and Mentor at Vermont Precision Tools. “It is a privilege to be surrounded by collaborative, creative and passionate colleagues focused on further developing a team and company.”

The program is a partnership between Vermont Precision Tools, the Vermont Department of Labor, and Vermont HITEC.

The program provides free education and one-year of on-site mentoring through an apprenticeship at the Swanton, Vermont location. No prior education or experience is required to apply, but candidates are required to have a High School diploma or GED.

The program is designed for unemployed and underemployed Vermont residents. Successful completion of the program will lead directly to full-time employment as a Machine Operator at the fast growing Vermont Precision Tools.

“Partnering with Vermont Precision Tools, an organization that is committed to its employees’ development and that has recognized the value of incorporating apprenticeships into its long-term strategy to develop highly trained staff, has created valuable opportunity for northern Vermont” said Steven Lutton, Executive Director of Vermont HITEC. “The train-to-hire programs represent a commitment by Vermont Precision Tools to guarantee employment to those successful graduates and a long-term commitment to continue the training and development through the apprenticeship model. This is truly a win-win proposition.”

“In partnership with Vermont HITEC, VPT has successfully graduated dozens of apprentices and rapidly increased the capabilities and skills of the men and women working in our manufacturing environment,” said Monica Greene, President and CEO of Vermont Precision Tools. “This high quality training and apprenticeship program is designed to prepare anyone seeking an advanced manufacturing career with the tools to do so.”

The pay scale for graduates of the VPT Machine Operator ITAR Program will start at $14.00 per hour. Apprentices will have the potential to earn $15.00 or more per hour after six months and $16.00 or more per hour upon the completion of a one-year apprenticeship and is based on performance. Further wage growth potential exists based on performance and overall growth within the organization.

Graduates of the 4-week fundamentals program will also be required to complete the 4-week advanced program two months after employment begins. Overtime may be available, and the positions will also include a comprehensive benefits package as eligible.

The deadline for applications is June 23rd, 2019. To apply, visit the Vermont HITEC website at and complete the online application. For more information or assistance, contact: Chelsea Reed, Project Leader via email:, or at 802-868-4246.

About Vermont Precision Tools, Inc. Vermont Precision Tools, Inc. has provided customers with the highest quality products and service in the metalworking industry since 1968. Vermont Precision Tools manufactures products within a team environment, built on a foundation of mutual respect, fairness, and pride. To learn more about VPT, please visit .

About Vermont HITEC, Inc. Vermont HITEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to educate, train and employ Vermonters in a variety of fields. Vermont HITEC has employed over 1,600 Vermonters over the past nineteen years in the fields of healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing and business services partnering with over 30 Vermont businesses including University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care), Husky Injection Molding Systems, IDX Systems (now GE Healthcare),, Precyse Solutions, Triad Design Service and Vermont Information Processing.

Source: Vermont Precision Tools. 5.14.2019. To learn more about Vermont HITEC, please .