KINGS BAY, Ga. (NNS) -- Trident Refit Facility (TRIREFFAC) of Kings Bay, Ga., has selected and hired 50 new apprentices for the Apprentice Class of 2015, June 6.
The first group of 35 apprentices reported for work and indoctrination classes on June 6. The final 15 new apprentices will check aboard on July 18.
TRIREFFAC is a tenant command at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, and is responsible for providing quality maintenance, repair and modernization for sustaining a superior global submarine force.
"The TRIREFFAC Apprenticeship Program provides area students and young people an opportunity to learn a trade," said Commanding Officer CAPT Richard Verbeke. "It is also an excellent opportunity for local area residents to pursue a career maintaining the nation's submarine force. Our future apprentices will be the TRIREFFAC workforce of the mid-21st century."
The apprenticeship program is a four-year accredited Student Career Experience Program that combines college-level courses at Altamaha Technical College, along with trade theory classes, and on-the-job work experience at TRIREFFAC. Apprentices earn a competitive wage and are eligible for benefits, which include vacation, medical and retirement. They will be qualified as journeymen by the time they complete the program.
The new apprentices' week-long indoctrination to the command and the Navy includes security and safety briefings, as well as information relating to their new rights and responsibilities as government civilian employees. Upon completion of indoctrination, the new apprentices will be working as electricians, pipe-fitters, machinists, marine machinery mechanics, welders, shipwrights, riggers, and electronics mechanics.
All academic costs in the apprenticeship program are paid in full by both the Georgia HOPE grant and TRIREFFAC, provided students receive a grade of "C" or higher at class completion.
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