The Power of Partnerships for Lockheed Martin Apprentices
With the support of national and local partners, Lockheed Martin is leveraging apprenticeships as a powerful workforce development strategy. From aircraft maintenance and assemblers to software, cyber security and engineering, our apprenticeship programs span our critical skill needs across the country. These programs are helping create on-ramps for a range of students and workers from different backgrounds, providing them the skills and experiences needed for fulfilling careers in our company contributing to mission critical work.
Today, we have over 30 registered occupations under our U.S. DOL National Apprenticeship Standards and have enrolled over 850 registered apprentices and over 2,000 additional apprenticeship-based position participants who are receiving hands-on learning, mentoring and training. During this National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate the following successes!
Florida Partners Equip Talent for Careers at Lockheed Martin
Working with Career Source Florida and its local workforce investment board, CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, Lockheed Martin’s Mission and Fire Control Ocala facility has hired and trained over 450 Electronic Associate apprentices. “Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs equip Floridians with core and technical skills needed for in-demand jobs, an essential component of Governor Ron DeSantis’ vision that Florida will be the No. 1 state for workforce education,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard. “The CareerSource Florida network’s partnership with Lockheed Martin is providing valuable opportunities for new apprenticeships in an industry vitally important to growing our state’s economy.” The board is identifying and pre-screening candidates to ensure a higher quality pool of talent for Lockheed Martin. In addition, under a new partnership, the College of Central Florida has built an on-campus training lab to support the program, expanding capacity of Lockheed Martin to meet its training and hiring objectives. “The college’s unique partnership with Lockheed Martin will create an academic pathway for its employees to earn college credit while on the job,” said Dr. Rob Wolf, dean of Business, Technology and Career and Technical Education.
No Experience Required to Thrive in Space
Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, Colorado developed AMTAP (Advanced Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program) in partnership with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. This registered apprenticeship program leverages local talent opportunities — including a focus on military veterans — by using the county workforce centers in the Denver metro area to support program promotion and retention. AMTAP’s training program, which has expanded to Alabama, provides “no experience required” on-the-job training for certification and qualification in production manufacturing techniques. Mark Sigloch, a military veteran, and his two sons, Josh and Sean are current apprentices. “I wish I’d known about AMTAP as soon as I left the military,” Mark says, “I would have gone straight into the program.”
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Training Aspiring Locals to Engineer a New Tomorrow
The Rotary and Mission Systems Manassas T.A.L.E.N.T. (Training Aspiring Locals to Engineer a New Tomorrow) apprenticeship program capitalizes on the ever-increasing level of technical expertise that individuals are developing prior to college through high school CTE programs, Project Lead The Way and robotics. Lockheed Martin registered this program in 2020, providing capable high school graduates that are not immediately entering a four-year college a full-time job with training, mentoring and hands-on-experience. The Manassas T.A.L.E.N.T. program recognizes the importance of strong business and community relationships, and Lockheed Martin team members serve on three of the county’s education boards, and maintain open communication with the local school leaders, teachers and counselors to ensure a strong pipeline of prepared students.
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Technical Schools Prepare Students for Apprenticeships
At Aero Greenville, the Aircraft Maintenance Technician Pre-Apprenticeship to Apprenticeship program thrives thanks to the partnerships with local and state resources, such as Greenville Technical College, ReadySC and the South Carolina Technical College System. Greenville Technical College delivers the two-week pre-apprenticeship training course that provides participants with real industry training for potential placement in Aero Greenville’s registered apprenticeship program. According to Ben Sabol, Manager, Greenville Site Operations Capabilities & Resources, “This collaborative effort to build a highly skilled and diverse workforce supports the continued growth we are seeing across our site. Today, two of the program’s first cohorts are now proudly supporting the F-16 production line, demonstrating the immediate value of programs like this, not only for the company, but for the community as well.”
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Apprenticeships Work Throughout a Career
Developed out of our Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) business area, our Cyber Accelerator Program (CAP) apprenticeship has nearly 60 current mid-level network systems and software engineers training and receiving mentorship as they simultaneously pursue cyber skills and a clearance. CAP apprentice Nickolas George, who is successfully making a mid-career switch, describes the program: “The Cyber Accelerator Program sparked my passion for cyber security and allowed me to grow by learning from the industry’s best.”
Learn About the CAP Upskilling Apprenticeship Program
Lockheed Martin is developing and retaining key talent through our dozens of apprenticeship programs. With the support of national and local partners, we will continue to expand this model to build our future talent capabilities and revolutionize the aerospace and defense industry's workforce.
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