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Filling the Skills Gap through Apprenticeships

Date & Time
December 15, 2016 11:30 a. m.


Manufacturing Growth Educational Series*
The Busbee Center, Building 700
Gwinnett Technical College
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Lunch is included in the registration price.  Click here to register.
Filling the Skills Gap through Apprenticeships


Apprenticeship programs are a win-win for both manufacturers and for young people. Companies can secure skilled labor, attract loyal employees, and save money and other resources spent on recruiting and training. Young people gain good prospects in the labor market, learn practical skills, and can earn fair wages to help support themselves and their families. 

Have you considered an apprenticeship program at your plant? Do you have all the information you need in order to be successful? 

Join us for a two hour lunch and learn to:

  • Discuss challenges and best practices for apprenticeship programs in Georgia
  • Explore immediate and long term impacts that establishing or improving upon an apprenticeship program can have on your company
  • Examine how to best utilize the unanimously passed Georgia Senate Bill 2, which allows high school students to dual enroll in vocational programs and earn credit toward obtaining their high school diploma
  • Talk to your industry colleagues about their experiences with apprenticeship programs


Event includes lunch, networking, presentation, case study, and Q&A.

Series Partners: Gwinnett Technical College and Partnership Gwinnett

Speaker: David Keller, President of E.G.O. North America, and key advocate in launching a German-style apprenticeship program in Georgia, which has been called a "potential game changer for Georgia's manufacturing future."

David Keller graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Aerospace Engineering (BAE). He has worked with E.G.O North America for 21 years, holding various positions including Quality Manager, Director of Manufacturing, Senior VP of Operations, and is currently President. E.G.O. North America is the US subsidiary of the EGO Group which is a member of Blanc and Fischer Family Holding. A 90 year old firm in the appliance and kitchen goods markets with 8,000+ employees, over 1.1 billion Euros in sales, and factories and facilities in 22 countries

Previous to his employment at E.G.O. North America, Mr. Keller served as an Aviation Officer in the U.S. Army from 1985 through 1996 in a number of positions, including Attack Platoon Leader and Attack Troop Commander in Fulda, Germany (1987-1990). He served as an Operations Research Systems Analysts and Training Company Commander in helicopter mechanics at Ft. Eustis, VA (1994-1996). He entered the civilian workforce in 1996.

*This quarterly lunch and learn educational series will deliver actionable tips and tools of the trade specifically designed to help Georgia Manufacturers grow their business.