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Apprenticeships Offer Diverse Pathways to Careers

There are multiple career pathways to success at Lockheed Martin for individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, education levels and perspectives. Apprenticeships are one of the tools we leverage to build bridges to career success for high school students, military veterans, transitioning workers and current Lockheed Martin employees to support the development of 21st century warfighter skills. Apprenticeship programs such as our Cyber Accelerator Program, DevSecOps (Development Security and Operations) and Manufacturing Engineering program upskill employees in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and advanced computing to support our 21st Century Warfare vision. Today, we have over 40 registered apprenticeship programs and have enrolled 1300+ registered apprentices with 2,600 additional apprenticeship-based position participants. These apprentices, who have widely different skills sets, are receiving hands-on learning, mentoring and critical technical training so that they can advance their careers while having a significant impact on our national security mission. As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, let’s take a look at the journey of four Lockheed Martin apprentices!

From High School to Lockheed Martin

Helen Caron began developing her technical expertise in third grade when she found her passion for STEM in her robotics club. “Being in robotics has really shown me what the STEM field is like and helped me get the opportunity to work for Lockheed Martin” says Helen. She has now been a part of Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems T.A.L.E.N.T (Training Aspiring Locals to Engineer a New Tomorrow) team for the past three years. The T.A.L.E.N.T. Registered Apprenticeship program provides a full-time job with training, mentoring and hands-on-experience to capable high school graduates who are ready to join the workforce. Helen has proven her capability time and time again and recently became one of the newest and brightest installers at the submarine shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, where she developed a new method for wrapping power cables. Her new method, which was later called “The Helen Method,” received great recognition from the customer.

In the Field with Helen!

Groton shipyard footage is used with permission from and courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information is courtesy of and does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

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From Military to Lockheed Martin

After eight years of active-duty service in the Navy, Daniel Johnson and his wife decided that it was time to make Huntsville, Alabama their permanent home for their family. The Space AMTAP (Advanced Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program) provided Daniel the opportunity to settle down in one location and leverage his military experience in a career with Space.  Daniel’s Lockheed Martin story began with AMTAP in 2019 where he was a production manufacturing technician apprentice.  Since joining Space, Daniel has been promoted twice and today is a Technical Trainer. “AMTAP provided me a great foundational base to be successful at Lockheed Martin. Everyone is always willing to teach and share knowledge” Daniel shared. Daniel is among 80+ AMTAP apprentices to have received more than one promotion since the beginning of the program in 2016.

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Transitioning Careers to Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin apprenticeships offer individuals seeking a job change the opportunity to join the Lockheed Martin family and participate in a strategic development program that includes instruction, on-the-job learning and mentoring.  Na’Keena Brown had been a Funeral Director for 11 years when she decided to join the Aerospace & Defense industry. Na’Keena stated, “When I first started the apprenticeship training program, I feared I was not going to be able to catch on and learn the skills since I did not have an engineering background. However, the instructors made the classes at SAU Tech fun, and the one-on-one training approach really helped with my confidence in my abilities!” Today, Na’Keena is an Inspector Senior for the Missiles and Fire Control Camden location where she performs inspections using certified skills on both ground and flight electronic assemblies. Through an educational partnership with Southern Arkansas University Tech, Lockheed Martin’s CMAP (Camden Manufacturing Apprentice Program) provides individuals in the Camden community access to multiple career pathways. The MFC talent acquisition strategies have diversified their apprenticeship program, which is now is comprised of 40% women.

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Current Employees Upskilling at Lockheed Martin

RMS developed the Cyber Accelerator Program (CAP) to address the need to build critical cyber skills for current and future programs.  The purpose is to accelerate the upskilling/reskilling of current employees with strong technical backgrounds by providing 110+ hours of individually tailored learning solutions including academic, experiential learning and mentorships.  Since 2019, the program has hosted 2 Cohorts with over 50 participants, with a 3rd Cohort launching this fall.

In 2020, CAP graduated their first apprentices.  Amanda Simpson and George Gresko were two of the Graduates who completed the accelerator program and advanced into new cyber security positions.  “CAP has provided me an immense amount of opportunities, including training, networking and more.  Cyber is such an interesting field… This opportunity has opened so many doors and possibilities for the future,” said Amanda who is now on a critical RMS Cyber Program.  George has since been promoted to First Line Manager leading his Cyber Security team.  In addition, as part of his duties, he is taking over as a CAP business representative and acting as Advisor to a new CAP Apprentice.  “CAP was a great program that really prepared me for my career in cyber.  There are so many resources to take advantage of including interesting courses, hands-on classes, and access to cyber subject matter experts.  Given today’s emphasis on cyber technologies, I thought this program was essential for my development and I would highly recommend it.” – George Gresko

Lockheed Martin continues to focus on expanding apprenticeships to build its current and future talent capabilities and to revolutionize the aerospace and defense industry workforce. With the support of national and local partners, we leverage apprenticeships as a powerful workforce development strategy. Our commitment to workforce development earned us a top 25 slot in LinkedIn’s top 50 list of best workplaces to grow your career in 2021. AI, automation, and international competition are just a few drivers of innovation and rapid change! Now, more than ever, investments in U.S. education and workforce development are critical to ensuring hardworking Americans and Lockheed Martin succeed.

Lockheed Martin is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and, with support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, continues to focus on expanding apprenticeship to build its current and future talent capabilities and to revolutionize the aerospace and defense industry’s workforce.

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