High School Students Partner with Trade Professionals

Created: April 26, 2019 01:01 PM

Northland youth made some big decisions about their future on Thursday. Area high school students got the chance to partner with trade professionals for apprenticeships. The event was put on by the Carpenters Union, known as North Central State Regional Council of Carpenters. 

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Matt Campanario is the Executive Director of the Carpenters Training Institute. He says this is a great opportunity to bring high school students together with professionals to learn more about their trade.

Campanario says the event is a way to bridge the gap between contractors and high school students.

"It's a way of putting people to work right out of high school," he said. "So they are in the program at a younger age." 

Campanario says the apprentice program is for any age group. 

"The apprenticeship program that we have is a 4-year program, with 7,000 work hours and 20 weeks of school." 

An apprentice will come in and they will go to work immediately.  

"As they gain work hours and experience, and attend school 5 weeks of training per year," Campanario says, "They receive regular pay increases and work their way up to a journey person."

The students who took part in this event now have a better sense of what they will be doing after graduation.

If you want to learn more about the programs offered, visit the Carpenters Training Institute.

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