About the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.

The German American Chamber of Commerce® of the Midwest (GACC Midwest), headquartered in Chicago with a branch office in Detroit, was founded in 1963.Our continuing mission is to further, promote, and assist in the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the United States, especially the Midwest. Our organization combines elements of a trade commission, a membership association, and a professional consultancy.

GACC Midwest is an integral part of the German Chamber Network (AHKs) with 140 offices in 92 countries around the globe. The worldwide network of AHKs, such as GACC Midwest, manage and advise on apprenticeship programs based on German Dual Education System in over 35 countries. This network also includes Germany’s Chambers of Industry and Commerce, which administer all of Germany’s 350+ apprenticeship programs. Please see www.gaccmidwest.org for more information.

About the ICATT Apprenticeship Program

GACC Midwest developed the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) in 2015, to meet the workforce needs of member companies as well as US-based manufacturers. Currently over 100 apprentices IL, WI, IN, NE, and MO are active or have graduated. Please see www.icattapprenticeships.com for more information.

The Applicant Outreach Manager role will primarily, but not solely, focus on ensuring a sufficient pipeline of potential apprentices in all ICATT regions (currently Illinois, Indiana, St. Louis, MO, Wisconsin, and Omaha, NE) and coordinating these efforts with team members responsible for other facets of overall program management. Listed tasks are meant as examples and are not a comprehensive list.

- Establish and manage long-term strategic relationships with referral partners, which include local workforce boards, Career and Technical Education partners, schools and school districts, industry associations, and more.

  • Coordinate outreach events and presentations with partners to inform potential applicants about the program and generate interest
  • Promote ICATT at relevant job fairs, which may be held mornings, evenings, or occasionally on weekends
  • Provide relevant information on the ICATT Apprenticeship Program to counselors and career advisors, and partners
  • Build strong relationships to ensure a steady stream of promising referrals
  • Ensure regular and clear communication to update partners on potential apprentices they have referred
  • Develop, optimize, and document processes

- Communicate effectively with applicants and Apprentice Candidates:

  • Create a feeling of excitement and interest in the program
  • Conduct phone and email outreach to potential apprentices, to assist them throughout the application process
  • Develop and optimize communication with potential apprentices, which may include phone scripts, brochures, presentations, videos, on-site meetings etc.

- Work with community college partners to determine college readiness of applicants

  • Develop and/or document the college-specific procedures
  • Manage expectations and build good working relationships
  • Identify opportunities for additional areas of cooperation, which would lead to more qualified Apprentice Candidates
  • - Assist ICATT Network Companies directly with their recruiting and hiring issues
  • Match ICATT Network Companies with potential apprentices and optimize processes for doing so
  • Organize open houses and information events at ICATT Network Companies
  • Advise potential apprentices with existing college coursework, and those that need remedial coursework, on modification of college schedule
  • Organize HR/recruiting roundtables for ICATT Network Companies, for exchange of best practices

- Communicate and coordinate with internal team to achieve mutual objectives and ensure that the overall ICATT program runs smoothly and continues to expand sustainably.

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for internal staff on apprentice hiring and related questions
  • Work with Client Relationship Managers to identify apprentice hiring plans at participating companies for the upcoming cohort(s);
  • Ensure effective internal communication and tracking by using GACC Midwest’s CRM system for clients

Other duties include supporting GACC Midwest events and initiatives, including those not directly related to Apprenticeship Networks, such as membership outreach, events, important visitors, and other projects as needed.

Job Requirements:

  • 5-7 years of work experience
  • Minimum Associate degree or apprenticeship/experience in a relevant field
  • Solid understanding of the US education system
  • Experience and general knowledge of either of the following, though both are preferred:
    • German style apprenticeships
    • Manufacturing
  • Customer service mentality
  • Availability for events before and after core working hours, as well as occasional weekends
  • Availability for overnight travel within the Midwest, as well as occasional travel of up to 5 days at a time in the United States
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage several simultaneous projects and overlapping priorities
  • Self-motivated and highly dedicated
  • Desire to work in a cooperative team environment where each member assists where needed, regardless of primary area of responsibility