Job training success story

November 2, 2011

From “Job training has success story” — CLINTON – The Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board’s (SWWDB) On-The-Job Training (OJT) program is designed to benefit both the employee and the business that hires them. It has worked out that way in almost all cases, and the successful bonding of Scot Forge of Clinton and Victor Burrington is but one example how both can benefit.

The 42-year-old Burrington, of Shopiere, started working at Scot Forge at the end of March, 2011 as a CNC (Computer Numerically Controller) Operator. He actually was recruited while still attending Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) classes, where he earned his CNC diploma. He is extremely happy to be working at Scot Forge. “It is a great place to work, and it appears there is ample opportunity for advancement,” he said. He mainly programs machines to form and produce metal and machine parts.

His initial employment was considered a type of internship, but he is now a regular, full-time employee. He utilized Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) and Dislocated Worker funds to cover his schooling costs. He was laid off from Lear Seating, where he had worked for 16 years. Prior to that, he had worked for Newco Welding in Janesville for about four years, and prior to that, Custom Manufacturing, just down the street from Scot Forge, for about three years.

“School was different. At first I didn’t feel like I fit in, but after I knew what was expected of me, it was much better than I initially thought it would be,” Victor said. “The OJT people came to me at BTC about participating in the program, and it sounded very good. It certainly has been,” he explained.

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