Manufacturing Boot Camp
Exploring Careers in the Manufacturing Industry
Why a Job in Manufacturing?
The manufacturing industry offers full-time jobs, pays higher than average wages, and typically includes benefits such as health insurance, vacation pay and may even cover training costs.
Average Hourly Wage*
*Based on 40 hours per week
IRC average wage is $20.73/hour
Plus, you get to make things!
Products made in Indian River County include personal aircraft, stand-up paddleboards, and personal submarines – plus many more products that are sold all over the U.S. and worldwide.
Did you know: There are 134 manufacturing companies in Indian River County?
History – Early Results
The Indian River County Manufacturing Boot Camp program is based on the successful program in St. Lucie County.
Employers in our region are concerned about a growing skills gap in our workforce. To address this challenge, programs are being developed to focus on training and building a “pipeline” of future workers – that could be you!
In 2017, the first Manufacturing Boot camp was launched in St. Lucie County, with 21 high school seniors and five local companies.
Indian River County held its first program in 2019 with 8 students and 10 companies. A variety of training during the week-long Boot Camp, including:
- Corporate culture, teamwork
- How to be a good employee
- Resume writing and interviewing
- Financial literacy (what to do with your paychecks)
At the end of the week, a “speed interviewing” session was held, for students to meet with each of the employers one-on-one.
The FREE Manufacturing Boot Camp is a one-week training program for high school students, and for young adults who are finishing their GEDs in 2021.
It provides students an opportunity to explore careers in the manufacturing industry as an alternative to attending college or a university after graduation.
Fun Fact: Over the next decade, 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in the U.S.
This is a privately-funded program. Any high school student in Indian River County is eligible to apply, and young adults up to age 21 who are completing their GED in 2021.
Students are referred to the program by their school’s Guidance or Graduation Counselor.
There is no charge for a student to participate. Any special equipment or safety attire will be provided to each student as needed.
Transportation to and from the manufacturing locations. A light breakfast and full lunch are also provided each day.
The Boot Camp will focus on three key areas:
- Overview of the manufacturing industry
- Soft Skills and Workforce Readiness
- Team Building
Each day, students are transported to a manufacturer’s facility, spending time on the shop floor, interacting with employees and learning about the skills needed for the various positions.
At the end of each day, a “hands-on” session will be held at the Treasure Coast Technical College.
The Manufacturing Boot Camp program is a partnership among several local organizations and non-profits, including:
The School District of Indian River County
CareerSource Research Coast
Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County
Gifford Youth Achievement Center
Treasure Coast Manufacturers Association
Local Business Community
For more information, please contact Helene Caseltine, Economic Development Director, with the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce: