Category: Ohio Training Centers

Mayor Ginther Praises Building Trades as Path to the Middle Class

Trades Open House on April 19. The event, which highlighted Ohio’s apprenticeship programs and the opportunities they provide, was hosted at the Columbus Electrical Trades Center.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther spoke to those gathered to reiterate the city’s commitment to the Building Trades. “There are many paths to the middle class,” said Ginther, “and the Building Trades are a great option, and provide that path. They play a part in helping Columbus become America’s Opportunity City.”

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ACT Ohio Holds Training to Combat Contractors Who “Cheat to Compete”

On March 30, ACT Ohio and the National Alliance for Fair Contracting (NAFC) sponsored training for 50 affiliate representatives on strategies for holding contractors that cheat on public works projects accountable.

Labor attorneys and educators Patty Gates and Nina Fendel presented “Dealing with Contractors Who Cheat to Compete: Taking the High Road.” The training focused on helping ACT Ohio members from around the state understand what should raise a red flag when reviewing submitted bids on public works construction projects.

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New Apprenticeship Training Center Opens in Lima

On September 8th, the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 776 (“UA 776”) in Lima hosted a grand opening of their new state of the art apprenticeship training facility. This facility adds 8,000 square feet to the previous training center, and represents a $1.8 million dollar expansion. Discussions surrounding this expansion began three years ago, which was funded entirely through private dollars, with no taxpayer funds contributing to the project.

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The Building Trades Holds Veterans Career Fair

Last week, the Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council hosted a career fair for veterans. The fair aimed to educate attendees about the numerous career opportunities with the trades in Central Ohio. Representatives from various local building trades apprenticeship programs attended and eagerly shared information about their crafts. Crafts in attendance included: Bricklayers, Electricians, Glaziers, Laborers, Painters, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Sheet Metal Workers.

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United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Competition

Last week, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters hosted a 3-day competition, which was held in Cleveland at Pipefitters Local 120 and Plumbers Local 55.
Each local sent a representative from each of their trades. Overall, there were 46 UA apprentices in this friendly competition. The winners advance to the UA District 2 Regional Competition that will be held in Washington D.C. in early June.
Contestants took written tests to determine their knowledge and also were tested on skills used every day on the jobsite such as torch cutting, welding, tube bending, solder/brazing, rigging, transit, dry valve, screw pipe and knot tying, etc. Safety was also emphasized on the testing.

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