Interview 162a : In this interview with Becky Bailey, Billy Junge describes Temple-Inland's Industrial Training Center and its apprenticeship program. In the early 1990's, Temple began training recent high school graduates as maintenance apprentices to eventually work at their mills. Apprentices learn valuable skills that will enable them to care for and maintain Temple's high tech and increasingly complex industrial equipment. He describes the requirements for entry into the program, the tasks apprentices must complete, the company's relationship with Angelina College, and the rational behind the program. Mr. Junge also describes some of the program's successes and some of the other local companies that have used Temple's Program as a model for their own apprenticeship programs.
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