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TASUS Texas, Saleen Performance Parts, R&D Molders to Launch First Mold Making/Injection Molding Registered Apprenticeship Programs in Central Texas During Signing Day Ceremony in Celebration of National Apprenticeship Week

Nov 17, 2022
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ In recognition of National Apprenticeship Week, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) and its community and industry partners are celebrating the signing of registered apprenticeship agreements with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by TASUS Texas, Saleen Performance Parts, and R&D Molders. The Signing Day ceremony is being held today, November 18, 2022, at 10 a.m. at the Texas State Technical College’s East Williamson County Higher Education Center, located at 1600 Innovation Blvd., Hutto, TX 78634.

Each of these local employers has committed to helping create a sustainable workforce training pipeline for Central Texans that will lead to a nationally recognized credential and a great manufacturing career.

Commissioner Representing Labor, Julian Alvarez III, with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), is serving as a keynote during the celebration to help usher in new earn-as-you-learn local career opportunities in mold making and injection molding.

“We’re proud to celebrate manufacturing careers in Central Texas and grateful for the opportunity to help employers enhance their operations by developing a registered apprenticeship training pipeline,” said WSRCA CEO Paul Fletcher. “Our labor market data continues to highlight the community’s need to fill ‘Middle Skills’ jobs – those requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree. The good news is that a registered apprenticeship is a proven solution for creating and retaining a talent supply pipeline that allows Central Texas businesses to succeed. Anytime you combine paid on-the-job training with a nationally recognized credential and a guaranteed position at the end of the program, you’re creating pathways to self-sufficient employment and career advancement for Texans.”

Registered Apprenticeship is a proven approach for preparing workers for jobs while meeting the needs of businesses for a highly-skilled workforce. It is an employer-driven model that combines on-the-job training provided by the employer that hires the apprentice with job-related instruction in curricula tied to attaining national skills standards. The model also involves progressive increases in an apprentice’s skills and wages.

Apprenticeship is a flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of any business. Apprentices can be new hires, or businesses can select current employees who need skill upgrades to join the apprenticeship program. According to DOL, 94 percent of apprentices retain employment after completing their Apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship model is leading the way in preparing American workers to compete in today’s economy. Apprenticeship programs keep pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development through the complete involvement of employers in the educational process. While it is used in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, Apprenticeship is also instrumental for training and development in growing industries, such as healthcare, information technology, transportation and logistics, and energy.

Texas Workforce Solutions is comprised of TWC and 28 local workforce development boards in partnership with Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services and other service-providing partners. Texas Workforce Solutions works with employers, economic development organizations, and educators to identify the needs of employers and equip them with a well-trained workforce, including individuals with disabilities, to provide customized employment and career services.

Registration for the Mold Making/Injection Molding Registered Apprenticeship Signing Day Ceremony can be completed online at:

For more information on developing a registered apprenticeship for your business, please visit our website to review the National Apprenticeship Week Toolkit:


Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is a nonprofit community partnership providing no-cost recruitment, employment services, and childcare assistance to businesses, employers, and job seekers in the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas. This nine-county region includes Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, and Williamson counties. For more details on WSRCA and the services it offers, visit

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