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News • Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News September/October 2015 10 Pharmaworks, AmSkills Push Manufacturer Education- Apprenticeship Model in Florida A transformative approach to growing the next generation of American engineers and manu- facturers is taking place in three coun- ties in the Tampa Bay area, and it includes opportunities in pharmaceu- tical packaging and medical device production. The locally developed Ameri- can Manufacturing Skills Initiative (AmSkills) model is based on simi- lar models in Germany, a country that boasts one of the lowest unem- ployment rates. It is providing an apprenticeship program to Florida high school students seeking specific skills and not necessarily the tradi- tional, four-year college path, which continues showing signs that it is not the destined path for everyone. However, students who go onto com- plete a Bachelor's Degree can gain some excellent practical experience along the way which will make them all that more attractive to potential employers. Deemed the first of its kind in the United States, AmSkills works with the Germany Embassy's Skills Initiative to delivery an American take on the proven German manufacturing train- ing model. Apprenticeship programs in the United States became less popu- lar in recent years, while Germany's diverse range of oferings coupled with its low unemployment rate shows that its worker training programs are highly regarded, reports The Atlantic. AmSkills received more than $2 million in county and state funding through 2017. Enter Tampa Bay-based Pharma- works, which helped develop and is collaborating with AmSkills on its already successful apprenticeship pro- gram. The company specializes in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical packaging machines and focuses on innovative packaging solutions. Peter Buczynsky, president of Phar- maworks, and Trevor Charlton, oper- ations manager at AmSkills, spoke with PMP News about the alternative educational opportunity that more high school students in their area of Florida are migrating toward. Buczyn- sky said the dialogue began between Pharmaworks (a U.S. manufacturing company) and Bryan Kamm of Bauer Corporation, a sister German manu- facturing company. "We shared the same passion for training younger people, for getting younger people involved in the indus- try, and finding solutions for the inabil- ity to find talent," he says. "We bought into the long-term investment." Buczynsky says they are not doing anything new, but just implementing the best practices already known. " W h e n l o o k i n g a t t h e q u a l - ity of manufacturing talents, with what comes out of Germany, that's the de facto standard of quality," he says. "We began years ago implementing our own program, rotating students through various departments within the company, with the intent all along to evolve it to a close resemblance of the German model. Most manufacturing companies in Florida have fewer than 50 people, Buczynsky says, so Pharmaworks focused on producing a model that could be easily replicated. Charlton says the American defini- tion of "apprenticeship" difers from Europe's. "In Europe it is a more structured approach to learning, an amalgama- Students complete summer orientation in August 2015. Photo courtesy AmSkills.

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