Training program focuses on supply chain

October 24, 2023, 9:30AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The 2023 SRNS SCM apprentices and interns pose with SRNS president and chief executive officer Dennis Carr (on the far right). Front row, from left: Nicholas Diacetis, Ekaterina Lyamtseva, Rachel Boyd, Brandy Edwards, Morgan Wise, Taylor Davis. Back row, from left: Jonathan Forde, Roy Niblett, Blake Elam, Kale Arrington, Derek Amick, and William Lawson.

So far this year, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Supply Chain Management (SCM) apprenticeship program has transitioned 12 new graduates to its team. According to SRNS, the apprentices and interns were attracted to the training program through new recruiting connections that SRNS has established with universities and colleges in the Aiken, S.C., area. The SCM program, which is designed to transition participants into full-time positions at the Savannah River Site, has recently increased internal incentives.

Registered Apprenticeship Program: SCM was added to SRNS’s Registered Apprenticeship Program two years ago, placing it among the 23 technical and professional occupations offered by the program. Apprentices receive classroom instruction along with supervised job training from experienced mentors and leaders at SRS. SRNS boosted its recruitment activities for the SCM offering at the University of South Carolina–Aiken, Augusta University, Clemson University, the University of Georgia, the University of South Carolina, The Citadel, and Benedict College.

Apprentices are introduced to SCM functions at entry level, with 500 hours in each work process category. Cross-training introduces apprentices to a range of other occupational areas, such as warehouse operations, property management, procurement, and inventory information services. At the end of the program, apprentices present a final project to senior SRS leaders.

2023 SCM team: The contributions of this year’s graduates to SRNS’s mission of managing and operating SRS were highlighted by supply chain procurement senior director David Dietz. “As we continue to grow our recruitment efforts and incentives, we are looking for young professionals that demonstrate solid academic performance [and] strong analytical skills and have the ability to work independently. Our latest group of apprentices proved vital to SCM performance, which resulted in numerous full-service positions being offered.”

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