Amerequip®, a manufacturer of custom equipment for the lawn, landscape, agricultural and construction markets, will receive the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance's Youth Apprenticeship Award at the "Excellence in Manufacturing Partnership Awards" on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.
The award is one of several to be given out at the event, which will spotlight best practices of manufacturing/education partnerships throughout the New North region.
Amerequip® has a long standing commitment to ongoing educational programs. In particular, Amerequip® has been an active participant in several innovative internship and apprenticeship programs offered through the State of Wisconsin and several of Wisconsin's technical colleges.
Lakeshore Technical College nominated Amerequip® for the award for its partnership with the Sheboygan Youth Apprenticeship program, which provides training and job skills while students are in high school. The firm currently has five high school apprentice students training with them in the areas of welding, quality assurance, engineering, assembly and machining, with the goal of growing the program to 10 students annually going through the Amerequip program. Several former apprentices have now joined the company full time and one is continuing his education at Lakeshore Tech while working at Amerequip®. As a result of Amerequip's lead in the YA program, other small local manufacturers have joined the effort, with 65 students now participating in the program.

(Please see the October 17 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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