Innovative is proud to announce that we have developed and launched a formal apprenticeship for welders. Our newest employee attraction is a comprehensive, four-year program that covers all aspects of welding, welding processes, safety, quality, and even basic refrigeration. This program will be very beneficial for current and future Innovative employees looking to boost their career skills!

The Innovative Apprenticeship follows the traditional concept of combining hands-on experience with technical education, with a curriculum specially tailored for Industrial Refrigeration. Students can complete both portions of the apprenticeship on site here at the Innovative campus.

Innovative has worked with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, as well as the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, to create this opportunity. Innovative has collaborated with the SVWDB to pursue funding from a grant they received, which covers 50 percent of the cost of training materials. The purpose of the grant is to develop more skilled workers, then keep them employed in the Shenandoah Valley. Innovative is excited to be part of this program and provide quality, high paying jobs for skilled workers in the Valley.

One of the welders enrolled in the program, Leonard Scott, appeared on WHSV for a news segment highlighting apprenticeships!

Apprenticeship is a path to a great career, with the advantage to “earn while you learn” when compared to a traditional four year degree.

Currently the apprenticeship program is only offered for shop welders, but we are looking to expand to other trades in the near future, including electricians and insulators.

Innovative is also currently hiring for Welders, Insulators, Electricians, and Service Technicians. Apply Today!