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Business and Industry Training Provides Valuable Resources for Advancing Workforce Development

Posted by: Justin Freeman on Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In 1996, a group of industry, community leaders, human resource managers and plant managers shared a common concern about the lack of relevant training available for the workforce in Northwest Arkansas. Together they created Northwest Arkansas Industries for Education, a not-for-profit consortium of area businesses and industries that shared resources and created customized, skill-based training to suit a wide range of needs.

In 2019, Northwest Arkansas Industries for Education began doing business as Business and Industry Training (BIT) and moved from Springdale to a larger facility in Bethel Heights, with an additional training facility in Gentry.

Short Term Industrial Maintenance Training
Today, BIT is still a nonprofit organization that offers the same short-term, hands-on industrial maintenance training. BIT is not a classroom format or semester program. The Short Term Industrial Maintenance Training is “learn at your own pace” in a unique environment in areas such as Electrical Systems, Motor Controls, PLC’s, Mechanical Drives, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Laser Shaft Alignment, CNC Machine Tooling, Robotics, and more. They also offer Forklift Certification, First Aid/CPR and OSHA, ARC Flash and Confined Space training as well as soft skill courses and Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Northwest Arkansas Industries for Education is open to any business or industry with a commitment to build a knowledgeable, skilled workforce. Using BIT to enhance your employee’s knowledge and skills can be a critical and smart investment into the future of your company. BIT is a training partner with a variety of businesses in Northwest Arkansas such as Conagra Brands, Rockline Industries, Bekaert, Glad/Clorox, Simmons Foods, Tyson Foods, Beaver Water District, American Tubing, McKee Foods and more! They also work with students in the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department at Rogers Public Schools to develop their skills for future employment.

Strong Community Support
BIT receives a lot of their equipment from the community as donations from organizations such as Tyson Foods, Kawneer an ARCONIC Foundation, Nabholz Construction, Simmons Foods, Entegrity and Black Hills Energy. Business and Industry Training is appreciative of the strong support that Northwest Arkansas shows to giving back to the area and investing resources into economic development and workforce training.

As a member of BIT, businesses can pool training needs from others who share similar needs. This results in:

•Immediate access to customized training
•Ability to apply for workforce grant dollars
•Cost and time savings
•Use of classroom space at the Business and Industry Training facilities at no cost
•General Maintenance Assessments

For more information about Business and Industry Training, call (479) 365-7341. Visit them in person at 1490 June Self Dr. in Springdale.

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