Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the value of registered apprenticeship programs during National Apprenticeship Week.
Coleman said it is fitting that President Biden signed the infrastructure bill this week, as the new legislation will create incredible opportunities for apprentices in the trades.
Unlike most UA unions, Local 669 has a nationwide jurisdiction that represents 15,000 members in 48 states. Its Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee teaches how to install, test, maintain and repair fire suppression systems. Their five-year apprenticeship program includes 10,000 hours of on-the-job training, coupled with 1,200 hours of technical instruction.
Coleman has also seen a shift in the receptiveness of high schools and vocational schools, as more teachers and guidance counselors are encouraging apprenticeship as a viable alternative to traditional college. Registered apprenticeships allow apprentices to earn while they learn, which means they do not incur a student debt — and some even offer free college credit.
Listen to the entire episode to learn more about apprenticeships and Local 669:
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