NPR focuses on SRS recruitment and training

July 2, 2024, 3:11PMNuclear News
SRS Apprenticeship Program graduates Terrence Tillman (far right) and Shanterra Hughes share their recent apprenticeship experiences with NPR host David Brancaccio (center) and NPR sound engineer Rebekah Wineman. (Photo: DOE)

A new radio series on National Public Radio’s “Marketplace Morning Report” recently highlighted career opportunities and job training at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.

To listen to the radio segment, click here.

About: “Marketplace Morning Report” is a daily business news program that airs six times a day as part of NPR’s Morning Edition. The program has more than 14 million weekly listeners across 800 local public radio stations and a significant digital audience, according to the DOE.

Rick Sprague, a Savannah River Nuclear Solutions senior vice president, noted, “This was a terrific opportunity to showcase our apprenticeship opportunities and recruitment efforts on a national platform.”

On the air: The SRS segment aired on the broadcast's new series, “Jobs IRL: Looking at Jobs on a More Atomic Level.” The series focuses on organizations that create physical, well-paid jobs during a digital age.

“We aim to hire over 9,000 new employees in the next five years,” Sprague said. “This program is essential in securing full-time employees with the critical skills needed at the Savannah River Site.”

Details: The SRS Apprenticeship School has formed successful partnerships with the Aiken Technical, Augusta Technical, and Denmark Technical colleges. The program offers 27 registered occupations that include paid on-the-job training and networking opportunities.

“Apprenticeships are an effective way for our organization to address the nation’s workforce shortages and support our future missions,” said SRS site training director Dorian Newton. “These are valuable and competitive career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.”

NPR’s broadcast team, which includes host David Brancaccio, director/producer Nic Perez, and sound engineer Rebekah Wineman, visited SRS for field reporting on May 29. The team conducted interviews with current apprentices, program graduates, the SRS Apprenticeship School team, Augusta Technical College personnel, and others.

A new radio series on National Public Radio’s “Marketplace Morning Report” recently highlighted career opportunities and job training at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.

To listen to the radio segment, click here.


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