Lockheed Martin recently announced plans to create 8,000 new apprenticeship opportunities and invest $5 million in vocational and trade programs over the next five years. The $5 million investment is part of Lockheed Martin's previously announced tax reform savings plan, which includes a $50 million investment in support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarships and a $100 million investment to expand employee training and educational opportunities over the next five years.
Lockheed Chairman, President, and CEO Marillyn A. Hewson cited the skills gap as a key driver of the programs. The 8,000 new apprenticeship opportunities will include:
- Internships for high school students for non-full-time aerospace and defense positions. They will focus on opportunities to learn and develop job-specific skills.
- Rotational programs for newly-hired employees that allow for gaining experience in working a variety of different jobs and the associated leadership training.
- Mid-Career Development Programs that provide continuous learning for mid-career employees to ensure their skills remain current with evolving job requirements and emerging technologies.
- Technical Apprentice Programs that focus on specific trades or skills and the ability to translate those credentials into a related job.
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