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Complex prepares for future workload through employee development

Posted 12/6/2013   Updated 12/6/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Jenny Gordon
Robins Public Affairs


12/6/2013 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- When the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex hired a wave of external employees from 2010 to 2011, a formal training program at the time focused on sheet metal and aircraft mechanics.

The intensive two-year program's success was due to the dedication of many across Robins, including supervisors who worked closely with trainees to combine both classroom teaching and on-the-job training. Trainees in the program eventually were promoted to the WG-10 level.

A total of 150 sheet metal mechanics and 128 aircraft mechanics completed their respective formal training, actively supporting aircraft maintenance and modifications on the C-5, C-17, C-130 and F-15 weapon systems.

Now that the program has concluded, during fiscal 2013 and 2014, the focus has been to re-align personnel with appropriate skills to support the changing workload across the complex, according to Donna Frazier, WR-ALC Business Operations chief.

Completion of annual workload and skills analyses for fiscal 2014 resulted in a shift to realign internal workers who would like a chance to do new and different things.

"What we're trying to do is get the workforce trained for the mission that's coming to Robins," said Frazier. "These are great opportunities for our employees to move to a different career field."

There are currently more than 200 people participating in formal training programs at the complex.

Employee development programs currently being offered are from 12 to 36 months in duration.

An example of a target audience could be someone who is a secretary who may have security experience. This particular training program would last for one year with a target grade of GS-11 in security administration.

Electronics mechanics have also moved from WG to GS levels by participating in a training program to become electronics technicians.

Other examples include those with personnel experience who'd like to become training specialists, administrative personnel who can apply to become management analysts, or WG and GS supply personnel who would like to cross train to become industrial engineering technicians.

All upcoming advertisements will be available by checking www.usajobs.gov.



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