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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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GOVERNOR WOLF TOURS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA LABORERS'

11/27/2017

GOVERNOR WOLF TOURS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA LABORERS' EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER SAXONBURG, PA - Governor Wolf today toured the Western Pennsylvania Laborers' Education and Training Center to highlight the importance of workforce training and careers in construction. "These laborers are receiving the proper training and certifications to perform their jobs, and using technology to make themselves even more of an asset to the contractors who rely on them to complete jobs effectively, efficiently, and safely," Governor Wolf said. "The laborers training center is an excellent blueprint for workforce training that is truly putting people to work across western Pennsylvania." Governor Wolf toured the center and met with 19 laborers training on OSHA regulations. Trainees learn about standards that should be adhered to on construction sites and how to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. The 10-hour course is split into two six-hour days, per OSHA standards. "The apprentices at Western PA laborers are required to put in hundreds of hours of training to be best prepared to work on projects that build highways and maintain the state's infrastructure," Governor Wolf said. "It was a pleasure to meet these hard-working members of Pennsylvania's workforce." There are currently 34 courses at Western Pennsylvania offered to train laborers and apprentices in skills that give Pennsylvania contractors a competitive edge. Courses offered include topics such as concrete, asbestos, scaffolding, blueprint reading, and first aid. Last year, the Wolf Administration established the Apprenticeship Training Office (ATO) to provide outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices. Since its inception, the ATO has added 2,610 new apprentices and 81 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide. Pennsylvania currently has 15,208 apprentices and 750 registered apprenticeship programs.


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