Industrial Readiness Training

REGISTRATION & PRE-TEST REQUIREMENTS FOR (IRT) Industrial Readiness Training Program INFO Session

WHEN: Mondays & Wednesdays @ 10am

WHERE: DOWNTOWN CAREER CENTER ONLY - 480 Beale Street - Memphis, TN 38103


*Must be 18 years or older

*Particpants must attend Orientation before attending the WEEKLY IRT Registration and Pretest info session.


  • Present ALL required documentation for consideration
  • Attend an IRT info session
  • Undergo the Keytrain Pre-test


  •  Valid Driver's License or State Issued I.D.
  • Social Security Card
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Updated Resume
  • College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Pay Stubs (within last 30 days)
  • Verification of Unearned Income (TANF, FS, SSI, Child Support, Unemployment, etc.)
  • Two References (Complete addresses and phone numbers)
  • All Males born on/or after January 1, 1960 must be registered with the Selective Service


The Industrial Readiness Training (IRT) course is a centerpiece of the Made in Memphis Initiative. The goal of Made in Memphis is for local manufacturers, educational institutions, and WIN and its partners to work together to create a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the hiring needs of manufacturing employers, and to prepare local job seekers with the skills they need to get self-sufficient jobs in manufacturing. 

The IRT is a four week program at Southwest Tennessee Community College designed to prepare individuals for jobs in local manufacturing and industry. The training teaches and measures foundational technical, academic, and interpersonal knowledge and skills that have been identified by local industry leaders as critical to long-term employee success.

Applicants are assessed using both ACT's WorkKeys and mechanical skills aptitude testing. Students who successfully complete the IRT program have demonstrated significant improvement in both test scores. And, most important, IRT graduates have often enjoyed more favorable hiring prospects in available industrial and manufacturing jobs.

From January through August, 2014, over 251 job seekers had completed the IRT course. Of those, over 152 received job offers from Memphis area manufacturing employers. Over the past 12 months, January 2014 to present, over 93% of those who completed IRT training, received job offers. And of that 93%, all are citizens of Memphis and Shelby County. These numbers are being continually updated to reflect the most recent stats.

If you are interested in knowing more about the IRT training, please click on IRT Course Description & Video from the official Southwest Tennessee Community College website. 

Please note: Submission of all required documents DOES NOT guarantee enrollment in the class.