A record crowd attended a late October Cleveland Building Trades Apprenticeship Fair.
Hosted by the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council and the Cleveland Building Trades Tradeswomen Committee, the Oct. 24 event took place at the Pipefitters Local 120 Hall. Open to the public, the Apprenticeship Fair drew more than 300 people, who were interested in learning about the advantages of starting a career in the building trades.
“I am very happy with the turnout,” said Doreen Cannon, President of Plumbers Local 55 and President of the Cleveland Building Trades Tradeswomen Committee. “This was our fourth career fair over the last two years and we had the largest number sign-in to date at this one.”
The record crowd was a diverse group, as women and minorities accounted for an estimated one-third of those in attendance. Additionally, a good number of high school students attended the event.
A registered apprenticeship program with any of the Cleveland Building Trades affiliated unions offer men and women, regardless of race or gender, the ability to learn a craft in the building trades while earning a livable wage and benefits.
“It still amazes me so many people are surprised by Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council affiliated unions’ apprenticeship programs and what they have to offer,” said Cannon. “They are pleasantly surprised when they hear these are earn while you learn programs. Most people do not realize a 40-hour-a-week job is part of the training, and benefits are also an item asked about frequently.”
Representatives from 13 area trades were on hand to discuss how apprenticeships can lead to fulfilling careers and answer any questions attendees had about their specific trade or their apprenticeship program.
Cannon said it is important for anyone interested in a trade to have the opportunity to speak directly to a tradesman or tradeswomen, and the event gives them the chance to ask questions that can only be answered by someone in the field.
In addition to journeymen, some apprentices were also on hand to speak to the younger attendees.
“Our apprentices are very helpful,” said Cannon. “They (apprentices) are excited about their programs and that comes across to the attendees.”
To learn more about becoming an apprentice with one of our affiliated training centers, please visit our apprenticeship page.