King’s Hawaiian hosts Georgia WorkSmart launch

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Officials gathered at the King’s Hawaiian facility in Flowery Branch recently to kick off a joint private and public partnership aimed at educating students for careers in advanced manufacturing.

Georgia WorkSmart is a work-based learning initiative. The state’s technical college system has joined forces with 30 Georgia-based companies to create apprenticeships, internships and other cooperative education opportunities to meet employers’ workforce needs. King’s Hawaiian has agreed to hire 25 apprentices trained through the program.

“Building upon the High Demand Career Initiative, Georgia WorkSmart is another step in ensuring our current and future workforce is prepared to meet employer needs. This program will help lead the way in establishing effective partnerships between businesses and educators to better prepare job seekers for employment opportunities throughout the state,” said Gov. Nathan Deal in a statement from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDED). “This collaboration between the public and private sectors will continue making our state more attractive for businesses.”

At the launch of Georgia WorkSmart, representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor announced an approximately $3 million American Apprenticeship Initiative Grant awarded to GDED. The grant will provide funding to create apprenticeship programs related to advanced manufacturing in Georgia.

“Our goal is to supply employers with a workforce trained for today’s business climate,” said Gretchen Corbin, commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia. “We look forward to working with companies to create detailed, customized curricula that focus on the specific skills that will allow the trainee to succeed in that work environment.”

Learn more about Georgia WorkSmart here.

Source: Georgia Department of Economic Development

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