Vermont Precision Tools Launches Seventh Train-to-Hire Program: Applications for Free Education Program Due January 6th, 2019

No Prior Experience Required! 


Applications for this Career Education and Development Program Due January 6th, 2019

Swanton, VT: Vermont Precision Tools (VPT), headquartered in Swanton, Vermont, a manufacturer of high quality precision medical bur blanks for the OEM medical industry, and Vermont HITEC, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to high-quality workforce development, are accepting applications for a no-cost training program leading to guaranteed full time jobs with Vermont Precision Tools upon successful completion. Up to 12 selected participants will attend a 4-week program starting February 4th, 2019 with employment beginning March 4th.

The program is a partnership between Vermont Precision Tools, the Vermont Department of Labor, and Vermont HITEC. No prior education or experience is required to apply, but candidates are required to have a High School diploma or GED. The program provides free education and one year of on-site mentoring through an apprenticeship at the VPT Swanton, Vermont location. The program is designed for unemployed and underemployed Vermont residents. Successful completion of the program will lead directly to full-time employment as a Machine Operator at the fast growing Vermont Precision Tools.

“Partnering with Vermont Precision Tools, an organization that is committed to its employees’ development and that has recognized the value of incorporating apprenticeships into its long-term strategy to develop highly trained staff, has created valuable opportunity for northern Vermont” said Steven Lutton, Executive Director of Vermont HITEC. “The train-to-hire programs represent a commitment by Vermont Precision Tools to guarantee employment to those successful graduates and a long-term commitment to continue the training and development through the apprenticeship model. This is truly a win-win proposition.”

“In partnership with Vermont HITEC, VPT has successfully graduated dozens of apprentices and rapidly increased the capabilities and skills of the men and women working in our manufacturing environment,” said Monica Greene, President and CEO of Vermont Precision Tools. “This high quality training and apprenticeship program is designed to prepare anyone seeking an advanced manufacturing career with the tools to do so.”

The pay scale for graduates of the VPT Machine Operator ITAR Program will start at $14.00 per hour. Apprentices will have the potential to earn $15.00 or more per hour after six months and $16.00 or more per hour upon the completion of a one-year apprenticeship and is based on performance. Further wage growth potential exists based on performance and overall growth within the organization. Graduates of the 4-week fundamentals program will also be required to complete the 4-week advanced program three months after employment begins. Overtime may be available, and the positions will also include a comprehensive benefits package as eligible.

The deadline for applications is January 6th, 2019. To apply, visit the Vermont HITEC website at and complete the online application. For more information or assistance, contact: Chelsea Reed, Project Leader via email:, or at 802-868-4246

About Vermont Precision Tools, Inc.

Vermont Precision Tools, Inc. has provided customers with the highest quality products and service in the metalworking industry since 1968. Vermont Precision Tools manufactures products within a team environment, built on a foundation of mutual respect, fairness, and pride.

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Vermont HITEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to educate, train and employ residents in a variety of fields. Over the past 19 years, Vermont HITEC has partnered with over 30 Vermont, New Hampshire and Kentucky businesses to employ over 1,600 individuals in the health care, information technology, business services and advanced manufacturing fields. Equal Opportunity is the law. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, political affiliation or belief.