By: Danielle Lucibello
Do we not already have these?
Lately, there’s been some talk of using training programs to get the best of the best tradesmen. Almost like a pre-apprenticeship. Most of the time, the training program is covered in the project labor agreements (PLAs), which are contracts that determine pay rate, work hours, and benefits between the project owner and the trade unions.
However, contract-mandated programs aren’t the only path to training the future workforce; companies are taking the initiative to offer onsite worker training programs because they know it will provide good results.
The ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors), chapters and member companies combined invest $1.1 billion annually into training and development programs. Over 8 HUNDRED of them, that member employees can attend. And you can bet their workers are top-notch.
These pre-apprenticeship programs are not only useful for anyone who has an interest in the trades or wants to transition into a different career, but it also covers a wide variety of skills.
A good example is Cianbro. Cianbro’s programs include subjects from wellness to professional development, and the company offers 100% tuition reimbursement for some programs as well as college credits for certain courses. I wish I knew about this when I was in school (they are based in Massachusetts!) although I don’t know if they are associated with UMass schools.
Because the workers are trained in multiple fields, if they ever get laid off from construction, for example, they can find another job within Cianbro.
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