Building a Skilled Workforce: The Role of Apprenticeships for International Companies in the U.S.

Finding and hiring skilled workers is essential for any business, but it can be particularly challenging for international companies that are new to the U.S. market. While the United States has a highly skilled workforce, some areas of the country may not have the specialized talent that certain industries require.

However, international companies that are members of the Global Business Alliance (GBA) have found success in locating and hiring skilled workers across the country. For example, Toyota has established manufacturing facilities in states like Kentucky, Texas and Indiana, and has worked closely with local community colleges to provide training and workforce development programs to its employees. Similarly, Bayer has invested in research and development centers in California, Missouri and New Jersey, where it collaborates with universities and scientific institutions to recruit top talent in fields like biotechnology and agriscience.

Siemens offers a comprehensive apprenticeship program in the United States that includes classroom instruction and on-the-job training. The program covers a range of areas, such as engineering, manufacturing and technology. Toyota has developed several apprenticeship programs, including a Technician Training and Education Network (T-TEN) program that provides hands-on training in automotive technology. Additionally, ABB has launched apprenticeship programs across the United States to provide training in advanced manufacturing, robotics and engineering. These programs are designed to help address the skills gap and provide opportunities for workers to learn and develop their skills while also supporting the needs of the companies.

These GBA member companies have demonstrated that with the right investments in workforce development, international companies are working to overcome the challenges of finding skilled labor. By partnering with local colleges and universities, providing training programs and creating a positive work culture, international companies attract and retain the talent they need to operate and expand in the United States.

Ultimately, investing in skilled labor is not only beneficial for international companies, but it also strengthens local communities and the U.S. economy as a whole. By creating high-quality jobs and offering training and career advancement opportunities, international companies can help build a stronger, more prosperous America.