There has been a vast decline of skilled workers in trade over the past ten years due to baby-boomer retirement. Braskem America, Eastern Controls, and Delaware County Community College have partnered up to address the discrepancy with a new Process Operator Academy, which will be located at Delaware County Community College in Media, PA.
The academy teach workers to become process operators in the petroleum, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. The eight-week courses that the academy is offering will train workers to oversee and monitor equipment to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.
“We actually have a world class training facility right here in our own backyard,” said Jeremy Glisson industrial director for Braskem America in a press release. “Thank you to Delaware County Community College.”
“As the nation’s economy improves, manufacturing in America is growing, but employers are facing critical labor shortages,” said Cliff McLaughlin Jr., president of Eastern Controls. “Recruiting, training, and retaining skilled workers is the real issue for area employers.”
The goal of the academy is to fill high-demand jobs by cutting worker training time in half, which will support the trade industry and jobs in the region.