Pennsylvania Carpenters Pre-Apprenticeship Program Graduates Four Females

December 18th, 2019 by Editor

The four Allentown Training Center graduates.

Four aspiring female carpenters recently graduated from the first-ever pre-apprentice program at the Allentown Training Center branch of the Carpenters Apprentice School of Philadelphia and Vicinity.

The six-week program exposes candidates to the carpentry trade and qualifies them to apply for the full-time, four-year apprenticeship program. The future apprentices receive exposure to the disciplines that union apprentice carpenters learn during the full apprenticeship program including mathematics, material handling, learning the difference between commercial and residential carpentry, proper carrying techniques to avoid injury and safety training.

Similar to full-time apprentices, the program combines classroom training with hands-on instruction.
Unions like the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) are working to encourage women and minorities to explore the possibilities of a carpentry career since the traditional spool of candidates for union carpentry jobs diminishes, according to the union.

Once women enroll in the formal apprenticeship program, they receive support from the Sisters in the Brotherhood, a UBC committee, dedicated to helping women who decide on a career in the carpentry trade.

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