Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager discussed construction amidst the pandemic, pre-apprenticeship programs and more on the Aug. 7 episode of America’s Work Force Radio Podcast.
During a discussion about worker strikes, Hager recalled a story about a large inflatable rat, which is commonly used by union workers during a strike or picket. He noted the attention it brings to the event and the amount of people, who ask about its meaning.
Preparing students for registered apprenticeship programs
Hager then spoke about the effectiveness of pre-apprenticeship programs and how they prepare people for an actual apprenticeship.
It is well known all of the building trades are seeking quality candidates for their apprenticeship programs. These pre-apprenticeship programs funnel quality candidates into registered apprenticeship programs.
He said an apprenticeship leads to a long and prosperous career. With more people going to colleges and universities, building trades jobs are readily available.
What’s next for infrastructure?
Lastly, Hager talked about the nationwide need for infrastructure improvements.
He noted a bill was passed by the House of Representatives, which had $1.5 trillion earmarked for infrastructure. If this bill would have passed in the Senate, more Americans would be able to find work repairing and replacing America’s bridges, highways and more.
You can listen to the last episode featuring Dorsey Hager, here.