PVS Structures welcomed four new welding apprentices in October. This is the second year of the welder apprenticeship program. The program consists of on-the-job training as well as worksite classroom training. After successfully completing the program, the welder apprentices will receive a nationally recognized Journeyman apprentice certificate from the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. The apprentices are employed fulltime and work with skilled, experienced welders. Classroom training is in partnership with Iowa Western Community College.

“Our goal is to ensure that this program provides high-quality training and produces skilled, competent workers who may not otherwise have an entry-level opportunity in a skilled trade of their interest,” said Tyler Owen, President. “Finding and training dedicated workers is a win-win for our community and necessary for growing both our business and our local economy. Owen Industries is committed to helping equip our welder apprentices with the necessary skills to contribute to that growth.”

Owen Industries’ welder apprenticeship program is an ongoing program and open to anyone who applies. For question or more information about the program please contact Human Resources at 712-347-5500.

The apprentices met with Program Instructor, Andrew Watts, Human Resources Vice-President Ron DeBord, Plant Manager Nick Bristol and PVS Structures General Manger and Owen Industries President Tyler Owen for lunch.

Apprentices; Josh Tills, Warren DeGroat, Aaron Lirette, Caleb Howren