On Columbus Day, dozens of the 160 Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation workers (SMART) training centers opened up their state-of-the-art facilities to the public and introduced politicians, community leaders, architects and prospective students to the apprenticeship programs that teach and shape tomorrow's sheet metal workers. Read more »
When Joe Flores graduated from Humboldt High School in 2009, he wasn’t interested in going to college. Given the opportunity to enroll as an apprentice with Bricklayers & Allied Craft Workers Local 1, he went for it.
On Wednesday he returned to Humboldt as a journey-level bricklayer – with a message for the school’s seniors about the value of construction careers.
“If you are not planning on going to college, it’s a good option . . .” Flores said. “I like the hands-on type of work. I actually want to open my own company someday. That’s what I’m working at.” Read more »
The hours are reasonable. The work is interesting and, at times, artful. The starting wage is about $21 an hour plus benefits.
So on Monday, Buck Paulsrud threw an open house sweetened with Halloween-orange sugar cookies, hoping to entice a hard-to-convince demographic to consider his trade.
"Women don't think this is for them," said Paulsrud, training coordinator at the Sheet Metal Workers' Local 10 Training Center in White Bear Lake.
"They are so underrepresented. We are doing everything in our power to change that." Read more »