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FLEXO Magazine : February 2010
www.flexography.org FEBRUARY 2010 FLEXO 9 available and require our press operators to perform at opti- mum levels. Typically, we train our operators from the ground up and the FIRST Operator Certification complements our comprehensive hands-on training and enhances the content and context of printing for our operators. Q: Can you explain the process of acquiring funds through the WIB? How long did it take? What was entailed in preparing the pitch? Sisk: Working with the local Workforce Investment Board, we found out what funds were available for the upcoming year. We applied for said funds and decided what training would be most beneficial to our workforce. It took approxi- mately six months to obtain the funds through WIB. Preparing the pitch involved completing a state application explaining the need for the training and the board approving that need. Q: How helpful was the WIB in assisting with the applica- tion process? Many people believe it is difficult and/or arduous to get such funding? Was that your experience? Sisk: The WIB was the key player in the application pro- cess. It was not a complicated process to obtain the funds. Q: What investments in technology (if any) were required to provide the virtual training onsite? I.e. additional computers, training lab space, etc.? Freiberg: We have provided several computer workstations in a dedicated training room with web access to provide 24 hour availability for training. Q: How many/what percentage of personnel have com- pleted the Levels I, II and III respectively? Freiberg: We started in January 2010 and approximately 80 percent of the press crews have completed Level I. Q: How many do you ultimately plan to put through each level respectively? Freiberg: We plan to have all press operators complete the three levels. In addition, all new employees will complete Level I as part of their new-employee orientation. Q: What has your experience to date with the online train- ing been? FTA TODAY