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 good 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, 2012, 251 job seekers have completed the IRT course. Of these, 152 have received job offers from Memphis area manufacturing employers. Ninety-three per cent of those receiving job offers were citizens of Memphis and Shelby County. From May through August, WIN has funded the tuition for 140 students.
Information sessions about the course and the process for enrollment through WIN are held at the Downtown Career Center on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am. Attendance at one of the info sessions does not guarantee admission to the class, but you must attend an IRT orientation to be enrolled through WIN.
Candidates who attend info sessions and are interested in applying for the course are required to bring the following documents:
• Picture ID
• Social Security Card
• High School Diploma/GED
• Updated Resume
• College Transcript (if applicable)
• Pay Stub (within last 30 days)
• Verification of unearned income (TANF, FS, SSI, Child Support, Unemployment, etc.)
• Two references (complete address and phone numbers)
Info session attendees who would like to proceed will be scheduled for the Keytrain pre-test. If you achieve the required Keytrain score (level 4 or higher), you may take the WorkKeys test at Southwest at WIN’s expense. The National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) you will receive in recognition of taking the WorkKeys test must be at a Bronze level or above for you to be approved for the IRT training.
If you are interested in the IRT training, please see the following IRT Course Description from Southwest TN Community College for more detail on the schedule and topics covered, and attend an info session.