Ensuring a viable future workforce is a passion of Romo Durable Graphics. We support the youth workforce through youth apprentice and workshare programs. Alternative education systems like GPS Education Partners and Trades Career Academy that partner education with real-life work experience at local businesses has been a win-win for students, educators and employers.
Over the past five years, Romo has employed eight student workers. The students spend half their day in the classroom and the other half in a manufacturing setting. They receive a paycheck each week from Romo and are treated like a full-time employees with quarterly reviews, attendance requirements, and performance expectations. Specifically, they learn life-long skills like:
- Problem solving
- Importance of being at work on time
- How to get along with coworkers
Students are given the choice to work at multiple businesses to “try on” careers and determine what’s the best fit. They consider the environment, hours and physical demands of the job.
Romo was recently mentioned in the Greater Green Bay Chamber magazine article, along with many other businesses and programs focused on youth workforce development. If you’re looking for a good resource of youth apprentice programs, check out this edition of Collective Impact. It’s an excellent opportunity to guide our youth.
The future of our workforce lies in the hands of teachers, administrators, parents and mentors. We all benefit from a trained workforce with interpersonal and manufacturing skills. Let’s keep the future headed in the right direction.