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Apprenticeship

One of the top priorities identified in this state and around the entire country is the growing demand of highly trained and skilled workers in the construction trades.

In order to promote training and recruitment into registered apprenticeship programs to meet these demands, the Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council promotes the use of Pre-Apprentice Training Programs, developed by the Building & Construction Trades Department Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, in public and private schools. This will give many students the preparation they need to enter into the apprenticeship programs in the construction trades and help lower the high numbers of students that choose to drop out of school. Due to the increased cost of a college education, many students that graduate high school never plan on attending college.

Apprenticeship training is the best way to provide a highly skilled and trained workforce in the construction industry. Apprentices that participate in a program registered with the United States Department of Labor are provided training in two ways. They get to work on a job for a participating contractor in order to receive credit for on-the-job training hours and they attend training classes related to the trade they have chosen. Most apprenticeship training programs are four (4) or five (5) years and as the apprentice progresses their pay increases. The training costs are provided by the apprenticeship program that is jointly managed by Labor and Management.

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Legislators Support Unions and Apprenticeships in Construction Industry (see photos in our Photo Gallery)

6/8/2015

Legislators Support Unions and Apprenticeships in Construction Industry

June 12th, 2012

Hundreds of union apprentices lined the Rotunda steps today as leaders of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council and a host of legislators explained the role of unions in creating safe, life-sustaining jobs across the state.

State Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) said legislators often talk about creating jobs, but many people are still dependant on government support if the jobs don’t come with a living wage.

“We have to create jobs that are family-sustaining,” Tartaglione said. “Apprenticeships prepare students for jobs that support families and communities.”

According to the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council President Frank Sirianni, Pennsylvania currently has more than 8,000 apprentices in the construction industry. He said the graduation rate from these programs is 75 percent in the union sector, compared to 50 percent in the non-union sector.

State Rep. Ron Walters (D-Delaware/Philadelphia) received cheers from the crowd when he held up his own union card. He said unions help develop quality wages, protect the interest of families and create safe working environments.

“If it weren’t for the unions, there probably wouldn’t be a middle class,” Rep. Walters said.

Rep. Walters also called state Rep. Mike Turzai’s (R-Allegheny) proposed legislation to privatize state stores an anti-union bill that will force nearly 5,000 employees out of quality jobs.


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