Matt Poischbeg Amplifies The Importance of Apprenticeships on a national stage



Everett, WA – October 11, 2017. Matt Poischbeg from SEA-LECT Plastics has been invited to speak at the annual Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference hosted by the Manufacturers Association of Plastic Processors. This year's conference will be held in Indianapolis on Wednesday October 11th thru Friday October 13th, 2017. Matt will participate in morning Quick-Fire session and in 2-afternoon breakout panel discussions on the topic of workforce development and the importance of apprenticeships. 

Matt is the VP and General Manager of SEA-LECT Plastics in Everett Washington. He has been an advocate and leading spokesperson for apprenticeship education and developing a skilled workforce for the manufacturing industry and beyond. 

Four years ago, Poischbeg was in dire need of a mold maker. After several months of traditional methods of recruiting, which yielded zero applicants, he decided it was time to train his own. As a young 16 year old growing up in Germany, Matt learned the value of apprenticeship training. "Apprenticeships are considered to be the backbone of the middle class in many countries. But, here in the United States, their value is totally underestimated. And that is a shame!" 

Matt eventually partnered with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) to help fill the need for skilled and trained manufacturing workers. "Unlike traditional job-training options, apprenticeships offer an education opportunity that leads directly into a high-skill occupation and career path". He enrolled one of SEA-LECT Plastics promising and committed employees in a five-year Tool & Die Maker apprenticeship program offered by AJAC (Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee). Working with AJAC has been extremely beneficial to SEA-LECT Plastics. Having been turned down by local community colleges, it was AJAC who saw the value in implementing additional training curriculum in the expanding advanced manufacturing sector. AJAC now offers a four-year Plastics Process Technician apprenticeship and SEA-LECT now has four workers enrolled in this program.

Workforce development and the implementation of apprenticeships is more important now than ever. Many manufacturers say their biggest challenge is finding skilled workers for their growing organizations and replacing retiring workers. "Our current workforce includes highly skilled workers who offer valuable knowledge and skills acquired through years of experience. We must help retiring employees to pass on that knowledge to the next generation before it is lost."

To learn more about SEA-LECT Plastics and their apprenticeship program visit or email Matt You can also watch Matt give a Ted Talk on the topic of workplace apprenticeships:

CPR/First Aid training happens every two years.

Today Randy Pickett from Archbright stopped by to train and certify some a our key employees. To our delight most of his training videos had been updated and were very informative and only sometimes a bit graphic. Safety is a number one concern at SEA-LECT PLastics and we are making sure we have enough trained individuals in every department and on every shift. Thank you to Randy and to everybody who participated.

Christmas comes early this year.

Papé delivered our brand new HYSTER forklift today. It has a 8,000 LBS lifting capacity and "spins on a dime". Ronnie is taking it out on a test drive.

This forklift is going to greatly improve our lifting capacity for mold setting. Big molds can be hung as one unit rather than one half at the time. Timing for the forklift couldn't have been better, since we just installed our second 400 ton molding machine.


SEA-LECT Plastics Employees received Mentor Training

Put on by AJAC, the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, five employees participated in a four hour workshop today. 
The goal of the workshop was to maximize the mentoring effectiveness. It provided journey workers, mid-level administration and owners with leadership skill and strategies for mentoring AJAC apprentices on the job site. 

We learned

  • effective communication strategies to maximize our training and apprentice learning opportunities
  • to identify various learning styles and associated strategies
  • to understand and implement goal setting techniques to enhance training
  • and received a certificate of completion

said Matt Poischbeg, VP/General Manager.

Thank you Briana Durham and AJAC for putting on this training. It was time well spent.



August 2017 Newsletter

We have been doing it for years, but now it's official.

Everett, WA – August 12, 2017. TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. has certified SEA-LECT Plastics has established and maintains a quality management system for the Plastic Injection Molding. An audit was performed and documented in Report N.4246. Proof has been furnished that the requirements according to ISO-9001:2015 are fulfilled.

Apprenticeship Program Benefits Aircraft Carrier's Sailors

ATLANTIC OCEAN, Aug. 15, 2017 — For many sailors, the military is great for on-the-job training. They work around the clock throughout the ship in different technical fields ranging from welding to photography.

With the United Service Military Apprenticeship Program, service members can attain tangible proof to show their next employer how much experience they gained working in their various fields aboard a ship.

More students sign on with Georgia’s ‘German apprentice’ program

It’s still tiny but Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's program to grow Georgia’s skilled workforce with German-style apprenticeships is now in its second year.

The Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training started this time last year with six high school sophomores. On Monday, another 21 signed their intent to complete the dual-enrollment program. They’ll earn a diploma, an associate’s degree, an industrial mechanic’s credential and maybe even a job with their mentor.

“This guy, in five or 10 years, could be the backbone of my company,” said John Michalewicz, a senior manager at a Newnan plant that makes construction wheel loaders.