All Weather Architectural Aluminum launched its first annual Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program this past summer. The program was designed to create a career pathway for graduating high school students who are mechanically inclined but not immediately pursuing college degrees.

Five high school students were chosen for and graduated from All Weather’s inaugural program, including: Anthony De La Cruz from Armijo High School; Nancy Hernandez from Vacaville High School; Victor Lopez, Gabriel Campana and Chase Scott, all from Will C. Wood High School.

Held at the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Vacaville, Calif., the 12-week paid apprenticeship program began in mid-June and ended in mid-September.

Over the course of the program, each apprentice received on-the-job training, exposure to multiple departments, performance reviews and weekly group training sessions for topics like lean manufacturing, human resources, safety, purchasing and new product development.

“The goal of this training is to help them see the big picture – how the work they do in one department has such a significant impact on the rest of our company and our customers,” noted Jason Wright, plant manager for All Weather.

The program helped apprentices identify areas within the company that might be a fit and to develop networks and connections throughout the company. After completing the program, all five of the graduating apprentices were offered full-time positions.

“We feel there is a mutual need to create a clear pathway for our local youth to join Vacaville’s manufacturing community,” said Sarah Harper, president of All Weather. “As employers, we are always trying to find new ways to find and attract motivated employees to join our team.”

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