Free training will prepare workers to
confidently apply to trade apprenticeships in the region.
PITTSBURGH-As the commercial construction industry continues to
expand, the need for skilled tradespeople has never been greater.
Construction of power plants, health care facilities, office
buildings and mixed-use developments is creating lifelong career
opportunities in the construction trades. Major undertakings
include the repair and expansion of our region's infrastructure as
well as the burgeoning natural gas industry. In Southwestern
Pennsylvania alone, industry estimates indicate that $2 billion
will be spent on commercial construction in 2018, and that figure
does not include construction of the Shell ethane cracker plant in
To meet this high demand, the construction trade associations of
Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties have launched
the Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) to help those interested
in the trades to successfully apply and be accepted into the
tuition-free apprenticeship training programs offered by the
region's 16 construction trade unions and their partner
contractors. A total of 80 students will be trained at Community
College of Allegheny County, Community College of Beaver County,
Butler County Community College and Westmoreland County Community
College. Each college will host a readiness program and will
provide training using a nationally-recognized curriculum from
North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU).
The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a four-week,
free training program at CCAC's Washington County Center from Oct.
16 to Nov. 9, with classes held daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(150 hours total). The program covers first aid and CPR training,
OSHA 10 certifications, construction math, blueprint reading,
hands-on instruction with tools and materials at union worksites,
tours of union training centers and more. Women, individuals from
disadvantaged backgrounds and veterans will be given priority;
however, all interested candidates are urged to apply.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Sector Partnership National
Emergency Grant, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of
Labor and Industry Resources, is providing $200,000 in funding for
the ARP. The support of local and national labor unions was also
instrumental in the development and funding of the program.
Partners include the Pittsburgh Regional Trades Council, NABTU,
Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, Apprenticeship USA, the
Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board and the Tri-County
Workforce Development Board.
For more information on the program or to apply, contact Brian
Hannon at 412.788.7357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.