Laborers’ Honored as Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator

Wednesday, August 1, marked the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act and at a ceremony marking the historic job training act, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis honored the Laborers’ (LIUNA) apprenticeship programs with a 21st Century Trailblazer and Innovator award.

During the National Education and Action Summit at the Labor Department, Solis said the LIUNA's and the other Registered Apprenticeship programs that were honored for their “long-standing success and innovative approaches” to training U.S. workers,

share a unique understanding of how a combination of mentor-based, on-the-job training and classroom instruction can provide a worker with the skills needed to not only do a job, but become a respected journey worker throughout his or her career.

John LeConche executive director of the LIUNA Training and Education Fund, said LIUNA’s selection as a Trailblazer emphasized inroads into the new residential energy efficiency industry, development of career pathways and increasing apprenticeship access for diverse populations.

We appreciate the opportunity to spread the word about the value of apprenticeship in building a skilled American workforce. Sometimes apprenticeship gets lost in the focus on post-secondary education; but the Trailblazer award highlights the importance of trade training as a direct path toward rewarding careers.

At the ceremony, Sean McGarvey, president of AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) said:

The challenge that stands before us today is to engage with industry leaders in order to achieve broader recognition and consensus on the utility, as well as the bottom-line benefits, that are associated with embracing the Registered Apprenticeship model.

LIUNA Training develops industry skills standards, creates courses, trains instructors and works with more than 70 affiliated LIUNA Local training centers located throughout the United States and Canada. More than 50 different training programs in construction, environmental, residential and home performance industry specialties and in worker safety and supervisory skills preparing workers to meet the challenges of the construction industry.

Click here for more from the LIUNA Training and Action Fund, here for more from the AFL-CIO and here for more information on the Department of Labor.

Reprinted from the blog post by Mike Hall at AFL-CIO NOW