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Safety Training and Quality Apprenticeship Programs

Safety Training

Construction projects, especially large ones, are complex operations. Several employers may work on one site simultaneously, with the mix of contractors changing with the phases of the project. For example, while the general contractor is present at all times, excavating contractors are there early, then carpenters, electricians and plumbers, followed by floor finishers, painters and landscapers.

Because these worksites are so dynamic, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health strongly endorses pre-employment training as the most effective way to reduce work-related injuries. This type of training should include realistic environments and hands-on exercises – precisely what Ohio’s labor trades incorporate into their apprenticeship programs.

That commitment to safety extends beyond apprentice years as OSHA safety training is a regular part of most journeymen upgrade training.

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Quality Apprenticeships

Safety is just one facet of apprenticeship programs. The real goal is to produce the most highly skilled professionals in the respective industry. The JATC programs are designed to shape apprentices into well-rounded tradesmen and women. Regardless of the trade, the object is to become an expert in the complete scope of their chosen field.

Apprenticeship programs are a combination of on-the-job education and training with classroom instruction that provide individuals with an effective way of entering a career in the skilled workforce.

While each individual trade varies, in general apprentices undergo thousands of hours of on-the-job training with experienced journeypersons – often over a three- to five-year period – plus intensive classroom instruction with qualified instructors. Through this rigorous training, apprentices that complete the program are knowledgeable in the full scope of their field.

Apprentices work during the day on actual job sites where experienced journeypersons teach the trade. Most programs include one day each week to attend classes, which are held at JATC training centers that are a combination of typical classroom and state-of-the-art laboratory. This model enables the apprentices to receive full-time pay while gaining the experience and skills necessary to succeed.

And these programs are tuition-free and not directly supported by any government tax dollars. Apprentices are literally paid to learn, with periodic raises to reflect increased experience and commitment.

Once the apprenticeship is completed, workers receive full journey-level wages and possess a trade certification that is often recognized internationally.

Prospective apprentices are encouraged to review their options in the Building Trades and decide on a trade that best compliments their mental and physical aptitude and correlates with their long-term goals.

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