BASF will host nearly 100 apprentices at 20 manufacturing sites across the United States

To help meet U.S. demand for skilled workers, BASF said Tuesday it was further expanding its North American Apprenticeship Development Program and welcoming nearly 100 apprentices to 20 manufacturing sites across the country.

BASF said its program provides a unique opportunity to gain on-the-job training and earn industry-recognized credentials while receiving a full-time salary. Its list of new apprentices hired in 2022 includes an average female selection rate of 44%, which further supports the company’s goal of increasing the number of women in manufacturing.

“Globally, BASF has provided learning opportunities for more than 100 years,” said Michael Heinz, Chairman and CEO of BASF Corp. “In the United States, we are committed to building on this success and expanding this option for entry into the industry while further strengthening our diverse and skilled workforce. I am convinced of the great value of vocational training as an important first step towards a successful career at BASF.

BASF has launched apprenticeship programs at multiple sites across the country so far in 2022, including White Stone, South Carolina; White House, Ohio; and Huntsville, Alabama. The company currently works with 19 local colleges to provide comprehensive, integrated training in addition to the hands-on experience participants gain at the company’s operating facilities.

Over the course of 12 to 36 months, apprentices will be trained on the job while earning an industry-recognized certificate or associate’s degree. In addition to paying a competitive salary, BASF offers benefits and covers costs associated with academic programs. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, participants will have the skills and credentials necessary to launch their careers in the manufacturing sector.

While providing entry into the manufacturing industry, the BASF apprenticeship program also helps create a vital pool of skilled workers. The National Association of Manufacturers predicts a labor shortage of 2.1 million unfilled manufacturing jobs by 2030, which has been further tested by the COVID-19 pandemic. BASF, along with other companies in the industry, is focused on developing a skilled and diverse talent pool, which is crucial to meeting its workforce needs and ensuring the continued success of its business and manufacturing.