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“High school students are curious and engaged”

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Guilford Apprenticeship Partners: German manufacturer has final testTwelve high school students finished their orientation week at the German fan and motor manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg in Greensboro. They attended a short program at several companies with technical exercises, theoretical explanations and a final test. Managing Director Mirco Herrmann: “I’m pleased that the students are curious, engaged, and committed to the program.”

The program consists of a four year training period for the apprentice, working at a local company while receiving a College degree in a public-private partnership. “With this program Ziehl-Abegg aims to secure the highly-skilled workers it needs”, explains Mirco Herrmann. The US Headquarters of the Germany-based company started manufacturing and assembling products in Greensboro to supply the growing demand of the North American market a few years ago.

After this final phase of orientation, the students will make their selection of a future employer. The apprenticeship will start in September 2018: The students who are currently a Junior will start a half day at their company and a half day at school. Senior students graduating this spring will start a full-time apprenticeship at a company and attend classes at Guilford Technical Community College.

Close to 10 percent of Ziehl-Abegg’s work force in Germany consists of apprentices and trainees. “Ziehl-Abegg understands how valuable apprentices are for a company’s growth,” says Mirco Herrmann. He further explains that apprentices will receive the same benefits as all other employees. “We have been in business for over 100 years, we are not afraid of long-term investments,” says Herrmann. He adds that the goal of the company is to hire the apprentices they train after the 4-year apprenticeship period.

A program like GAP benefits the apprentices, companies like Ziehl-Abegg and the community. Investing in a strong work force offers better opportunities for everyone involved.

About the Guilford Apprenticeship Partners

The GAP program is directed at Juniors and Seniors in high school. The four-year program offers the possibility to earn an associate’s degree in manufacturing through Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) while earning an hourly salary.  Tuition and the hourly salary will be paid by the employer.  Juniors and Seniors interested in participating must attend a required Open house by one of the companies, send in an Application and complete Orientation week.


Established as an initiative in 2015, the GAPNC, or Guilford Apprentices Partners, is led by local manufacturers in North Carolina. Together, they aim to bridge the gap between students and career opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing.  To apply and learn more about the apprenticeship program, please visit www.gapnc.org