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The Tennessee Automotive Supply Chain Workforce Readiness Program, funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), is the first program in Tennessee to bring workforce development, education and industry experts together to develop a program customized for the automotive industry and designed to prepare workers for advancement into managerial and leadership roles.
Launching in August 2017 in the ARC Region as a pilot program led by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS), the program includes the following benefits for participating automotive manufacturers:
This program is available to current and future supervisors and front line leaders in automotive companies across the 54 Tennessee ARC counties with specific emphasis placed on participation from automotive suppliers and individuals in the following distressed counties: Bledsoe, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke , Fentress, Grundy, Hancock, Scott, Union, and Van Buren.
8.5 days of training over the course of 9 months with additional opportunities for in-plant coaching with individuals and/or the team. Provided at a location near the facility, the program provides individuals with an opportunity to network and train with a cohort of other emerging leaders in the automotive supply chain. On-site training is available for a larger team.
With a value of over $3,200 per participant, availability of ARC and Federal Funding allows UT CIS to offer this training program at a discounted price of $1600 per participant. A limited number of scholarships for displaced workers (currently unemployed workers) are available.