Lockheed Martin apprentice program builds future workforce with PWCS graduates
Posted on 02/19/2019
PWCS graduates are apprentices at Lockheed Martin

PWCS Career and Technical Education students are developing technical expertise and skills that make them qualified for great jobs right out of high school. Lockheed Martin recognized the wealth of skills right in our own community and kicked off an apprentice program in 2017.

The program, dubbed TALENT: Training Aspiring Locals to Engineer a New Tomorrow, takes local high school graduates, gives them non-traditional educational opportunities, and puts them on career paths, with one year of structured on-the-job training and benefits included. Once completed, the apprentices continue in the program with opportunities for advancement in their careers.

Twelve PWCS graduates are currently in the apprentice program at Lockheed Martin. Forest Park, Stonewall Jackson, Osbourn Park, Brentsville, and Woodbridge High Schools have one graduate each in the Lockheed Martin apprentice program, while Gar-Field High School has three, and four Patriot High School grads are among the 12. These students were involved in career and technical courses and activities at their high schools that run the gamut from AutoCAD, Construction Technology and Building Trades to Robotics and Project Lead the Way. These local hires are also taking advantage of Lockheed Martin’s tuition assistance benefit by attending classes at Northern Virginia Community College to further their education.

Watch to see how Gar-Field graduate Aliyah Barney’s CTE experiences led to her apprenticeship at Lockheed Martin.