Industrial Readiness Training (IRT)

Industrial Readiness Training (IRT) is a four and half week program designed to prepare individuals for jobs in local manufacturing and industry.

IRT training dayIRT teaches and measures foundational technical, academic, and interpersonal knowledge and skills that have been identified by local industry leaders as critical to long-term employee success.

Applicants are assessed using both ACT's WorkKeys and Scientific Management Techniques (SMT) Mechanical Skills Aptitude testing. Students who successfully complete the IRT program have demonstrated significant improvement in both test scores. And, most important, IRT graduates have often enjoyed more favorable hiring prospects in available industrial and manufacturing jobs.

Recruitment sessions are held weekly on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. on the Union Avenue Campus, Allied Health [H] Building, Room, Room 101.

If you are unemployed or underemployed, the local Workforce Investment Network (WIN), (opens new window) will also prescreen and sponsor you for the class providing you meet several basic criteria and pass the class pretests. The tuition cost is $1,200 but may be waived for persons who meet certain qualifications.

You will need the following:

  • valid picture ID
  • social security card
  • birth certificate
  • updated resume
  • high school diploma or high school equivalency transcript

The IRT course is a centerpiece of the Made in Memphis Initiative (opens new window). The goal of Made in Memphis is for local manufacturers, educational institutions, and Workforce Investment Network (WIN) and its partners to work together to create a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the hiring needs of manufacturing employers, and to prepare local job seekers with the skills they need to get good jobs in manufacturing.



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