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Business, labor host free virtual program highlighting skilled labor apprenticeships Nov. 9

Business, labor host free virtual program highlighting skilled labor apprenticeships Nov. 9

HOWELL, Mich. – A collaboration of government offices, labor organizations and others presented a virtual program to highlight Department of Labor-registered apprenticeships in skilled trades and construction in Michigan. The free virtual learning program was held on Nov. 9 featured real-world insights into the skilled trades and construction industry.

“Department of Labor-Registered Apprenticeship programs offer an important post-secondary opportunity for Michiganders to earn good wages, secure a professional career in the skilled trades and build and maintain Michigan’s critical infrastructure,” said Operating Engineers 324 LMEC Director Lee Graham. “Department of Labor-Registered Apprenticeship programs are exceptional because they provide academic and technical education in the advanced construction and manufacturing techniques required today, while giving apprentices real-world experience through paid, on-the-job training. With nationally and industry-recognized occupational credentials, apprentices will be part of a growing, dynamic and rewarding field in construction and the skilled trades. Our free virtual learning program on Nov. 9 provided a great overview of excellent career opportunities in the skilled trades and construction industry, and we showcased how programs like ours can help pave the way toward a fulfilling, good-paying career.”

The virtual learning program was a project of the Michigan Apprenticeship Steering Committee Inc. (MASCI) as part of National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 8-14. The program featured diverse skilled trades programs, including Operating Engineers 324. Apprentices and their mentors shared insights into their training, safety, experiences and futures. Apprentices also shared their on-the-ground view from job sites where they work. MASCI is a collaboration of businesses, labor organizations, education, policymakers and members of the public.

The virtual program included remarks by Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist; DOL Office of Apprenticeship State Director Russ Davis; DOL Office of Apprenticeship Regional Director Dean Guido; and Graham, who is also MASCI Chairman. Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Devlin and Upper Peninsula Construction Council Executive Director Tony Retaskie also delivered remarks.

OE324 represents more than 14,000 of the highest skilled, most qualified heavy equipment operators, heavy equipment technicians and stationary engineers across Michigan. OE324 offers apprentices and journeypersons rewarding careers and lifetime training in partnership with signatory contractor businesses, including participation in DOL-Registered Apprenticeships.