A skilled workforce is essential to the national and global transition to a low-carbon economy. Schnitzer Academy aims to bring talented individuals to the metals recycling industry, providing a platform for sustainable workforce development in our local communities and beyond.”
Schnitzer Chairman, President and CEO
Engaging Tomorrow’s Sustainable Workforce
In September of 2021, Schnitzer announced a three-year partnership with Student Programming for Athletic and Academic Transitioning (SPAAT) at McClymonds High School and Laney College in Oakland, and Universal Technical Institute in Sacramento, California. The partnership program, Schnitzer Academy, offers educational resources and hands-on training for students interested in the metals recycling industry, eventually providing a pathway to job opportunities at Schnitzer’s recycling facilities and Pick-n-Pull retail stores.
Through the program, Schnitzer Academy participants:
- Receive hands-on training from mechanics, welders, and industry experts.
- Access educational instruction on metal working, machine technology, industrial hydraulics, vehicle dismantling, and welding.
- Work with materials sourced directly from Schnitzer facilities including metal piping, sheet metal, and car parts.
- Attend facility tours at local Schnitzer locations.
- Gain access to paid internship opportunities at the Company’s metals recycling, and Pick-n-Pull retail stores, academic and workforce scholarships, and tools and equipment to support classroom activity.
In the coming years, Schnitzer plans to expand the program to other parts of the country to engage students interested in a career in the metals recycling industry and develop a pipeline of recycling professionals to advance metals recycling in our communities and our economy.