High School Seniors from various New Jersey schools attended a work site visit to learn more about entering a Diesel Mechanic or Automotive Mechanic Apprenticeship as part of the IAM CREST Youth Transition to Work Program (YTTW). This year 19 students visited three IAM represented locations to see first-hand at what potential careers in the industry look like.
The IAM CREST YTTW program is funded by a New Jersey Department of Labor grant which has been active since 2009. Each year IAM CREST representative Ira Stern visits high schools to let young people know about these options.
The YTTW program pays for the education and works to get participants jobs at IAM shops. IAM CREST works in conjunction with IAM District 15 to coordinate the shop visits and future job opportunities.
Since its beginning over 100 students have entered the program and worked toward completing an apprenticeship.