Piper Aircraft, Inc. announced it is launching an accredited apprenticeship program in cooperation with Indian River State College. The program is being created in response to the increasing demand for high quality manufacturing candidates at Piper Aircraft.
The two-year program, which will officially start in the summer of 2019, will initially begin with 10 individuals and grow to 20 active apprentices by year two. The program will include a combination of on-the-job training as well as classroom instruction designed to qualify the participants as a Journeyman in Aircraft Assembly. Each apprentice will be a paid employee of Piper Aircraft and will receive a full benefits package.
“Piper’s continued growth in aircraft sales and order backlog has resulted in demand for well-trained, high potential employees. This program will provide the necessary training, mentoring and support enabling apprentices to successfully pursue a long-term career with growth opportunity as a Piper employee,” said President and CEO, Simon Caldecott. “As we look forward to the future, deliveries of our value leading products are expected to continue to increase with deliveries of our robust primary aircraft trainers leading the way. An apprentice program will help ensure that Piper has a strong and agile workforce for the years to come.”