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Freudenberg Sealing Technologies and Lakes Region Community College Launch New Partnership

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Apprentices to be Trained as Maintenance Repairers at Lakes Region Community College

Another New Hampshire company is taking advantage of opportunities to enhance the skills of its employees through combined on-the-job and classroom training. That company is Freudenberg Sealing Technologies of Bristol.

Freudenberg is a specialized advanced manufacturing company and has launched a new partnership with Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) and ApprenticeshipNH. Operated through the Community College System of New Hampshire in Concord, ApprenticeshipNH addresses workforce needs through focused education and training programs in the information technology, advanced manufacturing and healthcare sectors. Through this partnership, apprentices will take credit-bearing courses at LRCC. As a result, new Registered Apprenticeship opportunities are created for Freudenberg employees to pursue advanced career pathways.

“Freudenberg’s new partnership with ApprenticeshipNH and LRCC enables Freudenberg employees to explore new opportunities,” said Emily Zeien, grant manager for ApprenticeshipNH. “Demonstrating a dedication to employees by first offering apprenticeship opportunities to incumbent workers, the new partnership also equips the company with a pipeline of talent. Employees who participate in the program will move into higher-level positions that require more skills and earn more. This will open up entry-level opportunities for those who are starting or changing careers.”

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is a supplier, development and service partner for numerous market segments including automotive, mechanical engineering and agriculture. Freudenberg’s Registered Apprenticeship program trains apprentices to become maintenance repairers. The three-year program requires 688 hours of classroom instruction and 6,400 hours of on-the-job training. The classroom portion of the program will be completed first at Lakes Region Community College before apprentices transition to on-the-job training.

“All of the apprentices in Freudenberg’s program will receive college credit from Lakes Region Community College for the majority of the courses they complete,” said Larissa Baia, Interim President at LRCC. “Partnering with local business to provide increased opportunities for New Hampshire residents is a point of pride for LRCC. We welcome the opportunity to help educate Freudenberg’s apprentices, and hope the partnership will continue long into the future.”

Freudenberg apprentices will be paid a progressively increasing schedule of wages based on a percentage or dollar amount of the current hourly journey worker wage rate. During the first year of the program, apprentices will complete 2,133 hours at a pay rate of $16.00 per hour. The second year of the program includes 2,133 hours at a pay rate of $16.60 per hour, and the third year includes 2,134 hours at a rate of $17.20 per hour.

To learn more about the ApprenticeshipNH program, including additional opportunities, visit earnlearnnh.org, or contact Emily Zeien at [email protected].

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies logoAbout Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is a supplier, development and service partner for customers in different market segments, such as the automotive industry, civil aviation, mechanical engineering, shipbuilding, food and pharmaceuticals and agricultural and construction machinery. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has built up a broad and continuously expanding range of seals and vibration control technology products since its first product which was developed in 1929. Together with its partners NOK Corporation, Japan, Sigma Freudenberg NOK, India and NOK-Freudenberg Group China, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has formed a global network with the aim of offering products of the same high quality.

About Lakes Region Community College

Lakes Region Community College LogoLakes Region Community College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that serves over 1,200 students annually. LRCC offers 28 associate degree programs including Nursing, Fire Technology, Business, Media Arts, Culinary Arts, Automotive, and Marine Technology, as well as short-term certificate programs. In addition, LRCC provides a strong background in Liberal Arts for students who choose to do their first two years at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree. LRCC is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the “65 by 25 Initiative,” which calls for 65{e1d95cba5e3c1464f3b1727b0a23733b476d134f213bb9e60384f74837bec943} of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands. Click here to learn more about Lakes Region Community Colleges degree and certificate programs in Advanced Manufacturing and Electro-Mechanical Technologies.