Central Kentucky railroad company begins apprenticeship program

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (KT) -  A central Kentucky railroad company is partnering with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet to begin an apprenticeship program.

RJ Corman Railroad Group is participating in a four-year registered apprenticeship focusing on developing electrician skills. Apprentices will receive 2,000 on-the-job and 144 classroom training hours per year and will earn a nationally recognized journeyman certificate upon completion of the program.

"As a family owned, Kentucky-based business, we are pleased to work with the Labor Cabinet to continue to create opportunities for the citizens of the Commonwealth," said Ed Quinn, president and CEO, RJ Corman Railroad Group. "We believe that by investing in people, we can contribute to the workforce development of our state."

The "Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built." initiative is an effort to strengthen apprenticeships across the state.  Since it began in November of last year, 1,000 new apprentices statewide have been registered, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 3,157 in 206 programs throughout Kentucky.

"Kentucky employers are facing a shortage of skilled workers," said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey.  "Registered apprenticeships are the answer to this problem, and businesses like RJ Corman are reinforcing their commitment to develop and retain more highly-skilled talent through these programs.  I applaud RJ Corman for taking steps to bring more opportunity to their region and I look forward to the success this apprenticeship will bring to Nicholasville."

Since 1973, RJ Corman Railroad Group has served all seven major North American railroads, many regional and shortline railroads and dozens of industries utilizing rail. Services include owning and operating 11 shortlines, providing emergency rail services associated with derailments and natural disasters, switching, track construction, track material distribution, signal design/construction, building switching locomotives and operating a dinner train.

RJ Corman employs more than 300 people at its headquarters in Nicholasville.  

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