Vermont Thread Gage Partners with the Institute for American Apprenticeships to Train up to TWELVE Machine Operators in Franklin, Kentucky

Applications for this Career Education and Development Program Due May 13, 2018

Franklin, KY:  Vermont Thread Gage (VTG), located in Franklin, Kentucky, a leader in fixed-limit gages and manufacturer of threaded ring and plug gages, and the Institute for American Apprenticeships (IAA) at Vermont HITEC, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to high-quality workforce development, today announced an education and apprenticeship program that will bring Machine Operator jobs to Kentucky over the next several months. 

The program is a partnership between VTG, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Department of Workplace Standards, Division of Apprenticeship, and the IAA.  The program provides free education and one year of on-site mentoring through an apprenticeship at the VTG Franklin, Kentucky location. The program is designed for unemployed and underemployed Kentucky residents. Successful completion of the program will lead directly to full-time employment as a Machine Operator at the fast growing VTG.

“The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is proud to partner with Vermont Thread Gage and the Institute for American Apprenticeships to bring skilled labor to the Commonwealth,” Department of Workplace Standards Commissioner Ervin Dimeny said. “Registered apprenticeships provide a proven training model for employers like Vermont Thread Gage to ‘grow their own.’ At the same time, twelve new Machine Operators will have the opportunity to begin training in a high-skilled profession that can lead to a great career. Together, this is a winning solution for everyone and is another shining example of what the Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built. registered apprenticeship program is all about.”

“By partnering with IAA at Vermont HITEC, VTG expects to graduate dozens of apprentices and rapidly increase the capabilities and skills of the men and women working on our manufacturing floor,” said Monica Greene, President and CEO of Vermont Thread Gage and Vermont Precision Tools. "This high quality training and apprenticeship program will prepare those seeking advanced manufacturing careers and sustain our growth for many years to come."

Through an extensive recruitment process, up to twelve individuals will be selected for the eight-week education program. Upon graduation from the education program, participants will fill Machine Operator apprentice positions.  All positions will receive full wages and benefits. Individuals selected will also participate in a one-year apprenticeship program administered by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Division of Apprenticeship and will earn a Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Division upon successful completion. 

“The Institute for American Apprenticeships is honored to have been asked to partner with Vermont Thread Gage to establish an apprenticeship program for their organization,” said Steven Lutton, Executive Director of the Institute for American Apprenticeships at Vermont HITEC. “We are excited to develop a program specifically for Vermont Thread Gage that attracts and trains motivated individuals with the skills necessary to enter employment ready, able, and motivated to work at an exceptional Kentucky employer such as Vermont Thread Gage.”

The pay scale for graduates of the VTG Machine Operator Program will start at $13.00 per hour. Apprentices will have the potential to earn $14.00 or more per hour after six months and $15.00 or more per hour upon the completion of a one-year apprenticeship and is based on performance. Further wage growth potential exists after the apprenticeship based on performance and overall growth within the organization. Overtime may be available, and the positions will also include a comprehensive benefits package as eligible.

“This new program is a perfect opportunity for students, mid-career professionals, or anyone else who is interested in learning a new career path in the skilled trades,” Dimeny said. “With over 3 million unfilled manufacturing jobs anticipated over the next decade in the U.S., it is critical that more opportunities like this become available in order to meet market demand. Thanks to the vision of Vermont Thread Gage and others, Kentucky is positioning itself to not only meet this demand, but become the home of the best skilled labor in the country. With today’s announcement, I know we’re one step closer to meeting this goal.”

The deadline for applications is May 13th, 2018. To apply, visit the IAA website at and complete the online application. For more information or assistance, contact: Katy Bacon, Senior Project Leader & Mentor via email:, or at 802-872-0660.

About Vermont Thread Gage
Formed in 2000, Vermont Thread Gage manufactures thread gages sold through its parent company, Vermont Precision Tools Inc. Vermont Thread Gage is a world leader of threaded ring and plug gages for a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, fastener, and general cutting tools.

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 18 years, Vermont HITEC has partnered with over 30 Vermont and New Hampshire businesses to employ over 1,500 individuals in the health care, information technology and advanced manufacturing fields. Equal Opportunity is the law. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or genetics.