BASF expands manufacturing apprenticeship program

Manufacturing

The labor market in the United States is tight and the demand for skilled workers remains high. To help meet this challenge, Florham Park-based BASF is further expanding its North American Apprenticeship Development Program and hosting nearly 100 apprentices at 20 manufacturing sites across the country. The program offers a unique opportunity to gain on-the-job training and earn industry-recognized credentials while receiving a full-time salary. The list of new apprentices hired by the company in 2022 includes an average female selection rate of 44%, which further supports the company’s goal of increasing the number of women in manufacturing.

“Globally, BASF has provided learning opportunities for more than 100 years,” said Michael Heinz, president and CEO of BASF Corporation. “In the United States, we are committed to building on this success and expanding this option for entry into the industry while further strengthening our diverse and skilled workforce. I am convinced of the great value of vocational training as an important first step towards a successful career at BASF.

This year, BASF launched additional apprenticeship programs at several sites across the country, including White Stone, South Carolina; White House, Ohio; and Huntsville, Alabama. The company currently works with 19 local colleges to provide comprehensive, integrated training in addition to the hands-on experience participants gain at the company’s operating facilities. Over the course of 12 to 36 months, apprentices will be trained on the job while earning an industry-recognized certificate or associate’s degree. In addition to paying a competitive salary, BASF offers benefits and covers costs associated with academic programs. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, participants will have the skills and credentials necessary to launch their careers in the manufacturing sector.

“Being hired in the manufacturing industry was a major benefit for me and my family,” said Emily Canfield, a former BASF apprentice and operator at the company’s site in Wyandotte, Michigan. “BASF’s apprenticeship program provided a great opportunity for my future and was essential to my transition into the field. I am very happy to be part of such a great company and to work alongside so many talented and supportive people.

While providing entry into the manufacturing industry, the BASF apprenticeship program also helps create a vital pool of skilled workers. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) projects a labor shortage of 2.1 million unfilled manufacturing jobs by 2030, which has been further tested by the COVID-19 pandemic. BASF, along with other companies in the industry, is focused on developing a skilled and diverse talent pool, which is crucial to meeting its workforce needs and ensuring the continued success of its business and manufacturing.

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