COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ACT Ohio and the Ohio State Building & Construction Trades Council (OSBCTC) are actively recruiting returning veterans, underemployed Ohioans and high school students across the state for enrollment in Building Trades apprenticeship programs.
With nearly $60 million invested in training the next generation of skilled tradespeople, Ohio's Building Trades are committed to creating jobs for Ohioans as key stakeholders in the workforce development efforts led by the state Office of Workforce Transformation.
Governor John Kasich's Executive Workforce Board met Sept. 18 in Columbus to discuss initiatives aimed at developing Ohio's workforce, promoting effective training programs and connecting employers with qualified workers. Dennis Duffey, retired secretary-treasurer of the OSBCTC, is a board member.
"The demand for skilled building and construction tradespeople is booming. Ohio's Building Trades are investing heavily in apprenticeship programs to develop that workforce," said Duffey.
Registered apprentices earn competitive pay and benefits while training in one of the over 80 Building Trades training facilities across the state. Eighty-two percent of Ohio's 12,880 construction apprentices are registered in these training programs and, according to ApprenticeOhio, nearly 900 veterans have found new careers as Ohio Building Trades' registered apprentices in 2018. Registered Building Trades apprenticeship programs are jointly administered by ACT Ohio affiliates and their signatory contractor organizations; the tuition-free programs receive zero public funding.
"Ohio's Building Trades workers are the backbone of our state's economy. We're proud to see so many young Ohioans and military veterans taking a fresh look at our industry," said Matt Szollosi, executive director of ACT Ohio. "We value Governor Kasich's focus on workforce development, and look forward to continuing the growth of our Building Trades workforce."
ACT Ohio is accepting appointments to educate students, parents, and educators about careers in the Building Trades. More information is available at actohio.org/apprenticeships or 614-228-5446.
Affiliated Construction Trades of Ohio (ACT Ohio) was created by the Ohio State Building & Construction Trades Council to encourage economic and industrial development and promote industry best practices for the state's public and private construction. The organization includes 14 regional councils and 137 local affiliates representing nearly 94,000 highly skilled, highly trained Building Trades workers across Ohio. Learn more at actohio.org.
SOURCE ACT Ohio