JobsNow: Building trades look to fill local apprenticeships

Building trades apprenticeships

School isn’t for everyone, but you can get job training through an apprentice program.

The building trades have had a successful year, and they’re ready to keep growing with a busy schedule in 2019.

There are many career options available after completing apprenticeship or work training programs.

To name a few, those include painters, cement masons, plumbers and pipefitters, ironworker and bricklayers.

Gary Hartman, association services director of The Builders Association, said it has been a big year of growth for apprenticeship programs.

“It’s almost a 100-person increase in the apprenticeship programs locally,” he said. “Unfortunately, it’s still not enough. It’s meeting our needs but not exceeding our needs by any means.” 

There are 420 apprentices getting on-the-job training, which is up about 25 percent from a year ago when there were 340. 

The number has doubled in the last 10 years.

In 2008, there were 212 people in local apprenticeships. 

Attrition is also high, however, among the journeymen in those fields.

“Projected across the nation in 2020, we’re going to be 2 million short in the building trades,” Hartman said. 

The trades have been working to spread the message of positive careers in building trades.

Apprentice programs provide a great way to get trained, plus earn good money and benefits while being trained on the job.

The main requirements are to be 18 years old, physically capable of performing work of the trade, have valid driver’s license and pass a drug screen and physical.

The numbers need to keep increasing just to keep up with the building and trades industry that’s already scheduled for 2019 and beyond.

“It’s a great thing with a booming economy. It’s a great thing to see industry and local economic growth. That also creates a stopgap,” Hartman said. “We have to make sure we have the people to build the buildings to create that industry.” 

The roofers’ apprenticeship program is accepting applications right now for its training, which begins in February. You can find that information on The Builders Association’s website

The Builders Association also has information on other apprenticeship programs on its website, or you can go to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber’s website for more information. 

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