A Harrison County aerospace business is the first in the state to make its apprenticeship program official.
The United States Department of Labor signed the paperwork Wednesday morning in Bridgeport to make Bombardier Services Corporation’s apprentice program official, and one of only 25 in the country.
Bombardier began its program last year with over one thousand applicants.
Bombardier says it’s a priority for them to give high-paying career opportunities to local West Virginians.
“It’s a long process. Obviously we can go nationwide and get fully qualified people with lots of experience, but we made the decision to try and attract the resource locally and then create opportunities for young people who will stay with us for a long time,” said Stephen McCoy, the Service Center General Manager at Bombardier Services Corporation.
McCoy says once apprentices get certified they will continue to hire more since there is a crucial demand for aircraft technicians nationwide.