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New Unionized Building Trades Apprenticeship Training Collaboration Announced For High School Students In New Mexico That At The End Carries Starting Salaries ‘As High As’ $72,000 Annually

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2020
by The Los Alamos Reporter
New Unionized Building Trades Apprenticeship Training Collaboration Announced For High School Students In New Mexico That At The End Carries Starting Salaries ‘As High As’ $72,000 Annually

(LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO) - Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council (NMBCTC) Executive Director Brian Condit and Taos Municipal Schools Superintendent Lillian Torrez have announced a collaboration creating a Building Trades course for Taos High School students.

“The Laboratory is pleased to partner with the New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council and Taos High School to offer options to the emerging workforce who are interested in Trade careers,” Mason said. “These are stable, good-paying positions that are vital to the Laboratory. Building the regional workforce benefits both Northern New Mexico and the Laboratory while supporting our communities over the long term.”

Mason added that the Laboratory projects it will hire more than 1,200 craft or specialized Building Trade Workers in the next five years, Mason said.

“The Union is very excited to move forward with this collaboration with the Laboratory and Taos High School,” NMBCTC President Courtenay Eichhorst said. “We’re glad to respond to the growing demand at the Lab and in Northern New Mexico for Skilled Builders.”

Beginning in the Fall of 2020, Taos High School students will be able to take a course that has been specially designed to meet Union standards.

The course, paired with a high school diploma, allows students direct entry into Union Apprenticeship Programs at age 18.

As Apprentices, they will work full time at the Laboratory or with other employers at the starting salary of $16-an-hour, while receiving additional classroom and on-the-job training.

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, Trainees will be Journeymen with starting salaries as high as $72,000-a-year, plus benefits.

Participation in the course is free to students and paid for by the Laboratory.

“This ‘approachable’ Training Program ‘starts students down a well-paid career path’ with New Mexico employers,” said Superintendent Lillian Torrez. “Training students for ‘high demand’ jobs ‘is a top priority’ for Taos High School.”

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: https://losalamosreporter.com/2020/06/02/lanl-new-job-training-collaboration-announced-for-taos-high-school-students/

Los Alamos Reporter Editor’s Note: To learn more about this Building Trades Course, contact Taos High School Principal C.J. Grace, at (575) 751-8000.  And to start a similar training course at your local high school, contact Brian Condit, the President of the NMBCTC, at (505) 268-1000 or Rebecca Estrada of the Higher Education and Workforce: (505) 695-4974.

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