Local organization hopes graduates will help fill Tesla and Samsung jobs

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Large manufacturing companies take root in the center Texas, which means that thousands of skilled workers should be needed.

A local non-profit organization is helping fill that need.

“I was laid off from a job I had had for 16 years in the IT industry,” said Ruben Dees, a student at Skillpoint Alliance. “I thought it was better if I got into something that I really liked, and I love building stuff with my hands.”

Dees and his classmates will graduate on Friday as certified production technicians through the Manufacturing Technician program offered at Skill Point Alliance.

According to data from Texas Workforce Solutions, in October 2021, there were 3,596 manufacturing jobs open in the Austin region.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the electric car maker will move its headquarters from Palo Alto to Austin.

Despite the availability of jobs, many sectors struggle to find qualified workers to fill specialized positions.

“Demand is up and supply is still where it was before,” said Manufacturing Technician Program Instructor Justin Frost.

In a way, this is good news for Frost and his students.

“Everybody’s really excited to get into these big industries – Samsung, Tesla, the big players – but there are hundreds of companies in the Austin area that need people, and they’re all fighting for it. the same skills here too,” says Frost. “At the end of the course, the students are really ready to walk into a factory and get to work.”

The courses offered by Skillpoint Alliance are completely free and last only six weeks. In addition to the manufacturing technician program, the organization offers training courses for HVAC operation, electrical, and plumbing.

The next Manufacturing Technician class begins January 31. More information can be found here.

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