Appliance company Bosch based out of Charleston South Carolina has been experiencing worker shortages since the pandemic hit last spring and has started turning to apprenticeships to fill the much-needed gaps within the company.
“The company also continues to rely on apprenticeships, a talent pipeline strategy it has utilized in Charleston since 1976. The format has its origins in Germany, where Bosch was founded and is headquartered. Bosch's Charleston plant is on its 36th apprenticeship class, consisting of 14 apprentices. “Apprentices come from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels, Poehlitz said, ranging from recent high school graduates to mid-career employees looking to shift paths. Bosch also participates in a local youth apprenticeship program as part of a collaboration between local high schools and Trident Technical College, a public community college in Charleston.”
Apprentices within Bosch often have gone on to have long careers with the company as well as helping them to set themselves up for the future. The program has gone on to graduate over 400 participants and continues to work to help their apprentices to experience a new culture and take on new opportunities.