Ohio’s governor signed legislation designed to help educate high school students on the importance of apprenticeships.
On March 30, Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 98, which amends current legislation to allow equal opportunity for representatives from colleges and universities, the armed forces, the building trades, businesses and charitable organizations to present information on future career and post-graduate opportunities to high school students.
The bill, which received unanimous support in both the House and Senate, will give the building trades more access to public schools to expose students to rewarding career opportunities in the building trades.
Under the old law, Ohio high schools could refuse access for nearly all recruiters, leaving public universities, trade schools and military recruiters without an appeal process.
Now, thanks to H.B. 98, representatives from the building trades will be guaranteed at least two opportunities per school year to present information in person to high school students, individually or in a group setting. The legislation says schools must provide their students with the opportunity to speak in person with a representative.
This legislation comes at a time when jobs within the building trades are in high demand.
As the Baby Boomers continue to retire, it is important for the trades to recruit new members who can safely perform the work correctly and on time.
By speaking directly with high school students, representatives from Cleveland Building Trades affiliates can explain how a career in the construction industry offers them the opportunity of an apprenticeship, where they earn while they learn and avoid costly college debt.
This means apprentices work alongside journeymen, learning hands-on skills and earning a good, livable wage, while they also take mandatory classes to teach them how to stay safe on the jobsite and other skills necessary to have a successful career. Apprentices also receive excellent health and retirement benefits from day one.
It is very common for a first-year journeyman to make more than a first-year college graduate.
For more information on apprenticeships with our affiliated unions, please visit our JATC page.