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Training Grants Help Put California Wiremen ‘Ahead Of The Curve’ On Microgrids

Published on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA) - Keeping ahead of the latest electrical technologies has helped International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Members capture work and market share for 130 years. Now, a timely new grant program for Electrical Storage and Microgrid (ESM) System Training in California will help Members and Locals there continue to stay more»

Minnesota Sheet Metal Workers Create Opportunities With New Learning Lab

Published on Sunday, April 11, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(BEAR LAKE, MINNESOTA) - The Coronavirus Pandemic didn’t slow down progress at Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Beginning in March 2020, construction began on the training center’s new 3,700-square-foot commercial service and architectural lab. The inside of the building is designed as a commercial service lab, more»

Apprentice ‘Saved’ By CPR & The ‘Quick Thinking’ Of Sheet Metal Workers Union Instructors

Published on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA) - When first-year Apprentice John Walker returned to Sheet Metal Workers Local 20’s Indianapolis Training Center after lunch in January, he didn’t feel well - his legs were shaking, he was lethargic and his arm was tingling. Self-admittedly stubborn, Walker sat in the back of class and tried to catch some shut-eye before more»

The District Of Columbia Housing Authority’s Third Annual Modified Apprenticeship Training Program Celebrates Graduation

Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Thirty five residents who participated in the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Modified Apprenticeship Training Program (ATP) are celebrating their graduation, and more importantly, new job opportunities. “I started the Apprenticeship Training Program in 2018 as one approach to connect our customers to opportunity more»

Millwrights Recruiting Apprentices Across New York State

Published on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - High-precision Craftsmen, or Millwrights, are being recruited across New York State. The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has announced the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Eastern Millwright Regional Council will be conducting a recruitment for 10 Millwright Apprentices. According to the NYSDOL, more»

New Nursing Assistant Apprenticeship Program ‘Is The First Of Its Kind’ In The State Of Oregon, Effort Will Support Residents & Staff At Nursing Facilities

Published on Thursday, April 1, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(THE STATE OF OREGON) - Nursing facilities and other places of care for vulnerable community members have struggled with high staffing turnover of Nursing Assistants and Front-Line Staff for decades. Now, the Long-Term CareWorks’ Certified Nursing Assistant (CAN) Apprenticeship is the first Certified Nursing Apprenticeship Program in Oregon. It was more»

Philadelphia Apprenticeship Program Trains Homegrown Talent In High-Paying Skills - Effort Seeks To Train High School Graduates & Adults To Become Tech Specialists

Published on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA) - Midway through his second Summer semester at Temple University in 2017, Gregory Johns-Miller realized he didn’t have the money to continue his finance degree. Johns-Miller, who earlier that year received his Associate’s Degree from the Community College of Philadelphia after paying out-of-pocket, knew he was going more»

$6 Million Millwright & Carpentry Training Center Opens In Charlotte

Published on Sunday, March 28, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) - A new training center for carpentry work is now open in Charlotte with a goal of filling the high demand for Skilled Labor. One Apprentice currently in the program says he didn’t want a regular desk job. “I got into this program because I just recently transitioned out of the military,” Cesar Lujano-Sanchez more»

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Apprenticeship Program Grows To Include More Careers

Published on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(SAVANNAH, SOUTH CAROLINA) - High school and college graduates, and unemployed and underemployed adults, are taking charge of their future careers through the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Registered (SRNS) Apprenticeship Program at the Savannah River Site (SRS). Seven paid Apprentice profiles have been registered with the Department of Labor: more»

Trenton, New Jersey ‘Celebrates First Ever’ Water Job Training And Apprenticeship Program

Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(TRENTON, NEW JERSEY) - Mayor W. Reed Gusciora and Trenton Water Works (TWW) Director Mark Lavenberg have announced a second semester of the Trenton Water Works (TWW) Training and Apprenticeship Program (TAP), which for the first time in the utility’s history provides current Employees with the education necessary to advance their careers and pursue more»

CNA Apprenticeship ‘Breaks New Ground’ In North Idaho

Published on Sunday, March 21, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO) - The practice of Apprenticeship has a storied history that goes back to at least the Code of Hammurabi in ancient Babylon. The Romans also saw the value of craftsmen passing down their trades to the next generation and guilds in the Middle Ages centered around a Master/Apprentice Model. There’s a simple reason this model has more»

An Apprenticeship FAQ: What Employers Need To Know About Talent Development

Published on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Technologies such as automation and artificial intelligence are influencing jobs and workflows across every major industry. However, businesses that want to deploy them are constrained by their capacity to keep Employee skills up to date and recruit talent familiar with both the new technology and their industry. Employers will inevitably need to rethink more»

North Atlantic States Regional Council Of Carpenters, North Atlantic States Training Fund & The Sisters In The Brotherhood Hold Series Of Virtual Information Sessions For Women Interested In Pursuing A Carpentry Career

Published on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, the North Atlantic States Training Fund and the Sisters in the Brotherhood will be holding a series of virtual information sessions for women who are interested in pursuing a career in carpentry. This is a great opportunity which can lead to a five-year Apprenticeship more»

Alabama’s Office Of Apprenticeship Launches ‘First Certified’ Pre-Apprenticeship Program In That State - Pre-Apprenticeships Prepare Individuals ‘To Enter & Succeed’ In A Registered Apprenticeship & ‘Ultimately A Career’

Published on Sunday, March 14, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(THE STATE OF ALABAMA) - The State of Alabama’s Office of Apprenticeship is continuing to meet the needs of job seekers and employers in Alabama through innovative Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs - and together with Wallace Community College Dothan, the Office of Apprenticeship will begin enrolling students in the state’s first more»

New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority ‘Reverses Course on Plan to End’ Worker Apprenticeships Early

Published on Friday, March 12, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has backed off on plans for the mid-stream elimination of an Apprenticeship Program that trains recent high school graduates for skilled positions at the transit agency. THE CITY reported last month that the MTA was considering ending the program, which one Transport Workers Union (TWU) more»

Apprenticeships ‘Poised To Expand To New Industries’ As Washington Eyes Job Growth

Published on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Apprenticeships are in the spotlight in Washington, D.C. as the Biden Administration and lawmakers moved to expand the Job Training Programs that have proven successful in the Pittsburgh region for years in construction and manufacturing, but have failed to gain much traction in other industries. President Joe Biden has announced his more»

Women In Construction - ‘Building A Dream, One Brick At A Time’

Published on Sunday, March 7, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Ever wonder what’s the story behind the women in construction? Traditionally, such a man’s job, why would women even think to go into it? Tanzira Rashid, an 18-year-old studying Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, shares her insight as she’s been quite literally building her own successful road. Rashid - more»

IUOE Courses In Minnesota Offer High Schoolers ‘3-For-1’ Credit Opportunity - Operating Engineers Local 49’s First-Year Apprentices ‘Earn Anywhere From $24 To $34 Per Hour, Plus Benefits & Receive Their Education At No Charge’

Published on Thursday, March 4, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(HINCKLEY, MINNESOTA) – International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 49 is hoping a new partnership with Minnesota Virtual Academy will draw more high school graduates into the Union’s Registered Apprenticeship Program - and help meet future demand for skilled, trained Workers in the heavy-equipment industry. At the start of this more»

Thomas Edison State University In New Jersey Inks Agreement With IBEW Local 269’s Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee To Provide Professional Training For Electrical Workers

Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(TRENTON, NEW JERSEY) - Professional Trade or college education? Thanks to an innovative program at Thomas Edison State University (TESU), a group of local Electricians no longer has to choose between the two. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 269’s Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC) has signed an more»

The Utility Workers Union Of America Is Training Veterans For Post-Military Careers

Published on Sunday, February 28, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Unions are looking to U.S. Military Veterans to fill their ranks with the Skilled Tradespeople needed for the future. The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) is leading the way with an extensive program that covers the cost of training and puts Vets in jobs when their service ends. Not only can Veterans looking for a new Skilled Trades career outside more»

‘Makes No Difference On Which Side Of The Border You Live, The Problem Is Real:’ In Canada The Construction Industry ‘Fears A Skilled Trades Shortage’ - “We Need To Bring More Young People Into The Trades”

Published on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(ONTARIO, CANADA) - Like so many other sectors, the Building Trades are not immune from the wave of Baby Boomers set to retire in the coming decade, adding urgency to the recruitment of younger and under-represented people, those in construction say. “By 2029, we will be short about (100,000) Tradespeople if we don’t do anything,” says more»

The IBEW ‘Applauds’ President Biden’s Support Of Union Apprenticeships - IBEW President Stephenson Says The IBEW “Looks Forward To Continuing To Work With The Administration As We Open The Doors Of Opportunity For All Working People”

Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Lonnie Stephenson, who was part of a group of major Labor Leaders to recently meet with President Joe Biden in the White House, has released the following statement: “(Our) meeting with President Biden was enormously productive in addressing how the Labor more»

New Jersey Offering Training Grants For Pre-Apprenticeships

Published on Sunday, February 21, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(TRENTON, NEW JERSEY) - In an effort to bolster the state workforce amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will provide $2 million in grant funding through the Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education (PACE) Training Program. These programs provide education and training to prepare participants for more»

Piper Aircraft To Offer Apprenticeship Info Sessions On-Line

Published on Thursday, February 18, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(VERO BEACH, FLORIDA) - Piper Aircraft Incorporated will offer those interested in joining the company’s next group of Aircraft Assembly Apprentices a choice of on-line seminars in the coming weeks to explain an accredited two-year program that began in 2019 to attract Skilled Workers to the aircraft manufacturing industry. The Piper Aircraft more»

Apprenticeship Program Draws People Of Color & Women To The Rochester, New York Building Trades

Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - Before discovering his true calling as an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 86 Journeyman-Wireman, Kereem Berry worked odd jobs with little career direction. Then, in 2007, he packed up his apartment and moved from Manhattan to Rochester. He knew he needed a change. After meeting with the IBEW's Joint more»

‘Not Every Job Requires’ A Four-Year Degree - How Apprenticeships & Vocational Training ‘Can Help Narrow The Wealth Gap’

Published on Sunday, February 14, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) - Aon's Corporate Office on East Randolph Street in Chicago is only three blocks from Harold Washington College in the Loop, but it might as well be in another time zone. The insurance giant never hired from the two-year community college, but after collaborating with the school on curriculum, Aon devised an Apprenticeship Program that more»

Now There’s Even An Apprenticeship Program For Human Resource Specialist Positions

Published on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA) - The SHRM (Society For Human Resource Management) Foundation is launching an Apprenticeship Program to help employers develop Human Resource Specialists at their organizations, SHRM Executive Director Wendi Safstrom announced. The Foundation is one of 28 organizations that was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's more»

“If Young People Knew This, Then They’d Be More Likely To Consider It As An Option” - Women In Skilled Trades Are Driving A Tradesperson Renaissance

Published on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
MarketScale.com Editor’s Note: Each week on Straight Outta Crumpton, Greg Crumpton dives into the lost art of networking and speaks with the biggest influencers in business services to learn how they build, nurture and value their professional relationships. The Skilled Trades certainly don’t get the respect or attention they deserve. In more»

Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins Announces Passage Of The National Apprenticeship Act, Legislation ‘Supporting & Expanding’ National Apprenticeship Programs

Published on Sunday, February 7, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins (New York-26th District) has announced the passage of H.R. 447, The National Apprenticeship Act - which invests more than $3.5 billion over the next five years to expand Registered Apprenticeships, Youth Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships, creating nearly one million new Apprentice opportunities more»

New Canadian Construction Association ‘Takes Aim At Anti-Black Racism’ In The Industry - Afro-Canadian Contractors Association Officially Launches For Black History Month

Published on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(TORONTO, ONTARIO/CANADA) - Sephton Spence of Kubbie Construction Inc. says racism in the Canadian Construction Industry is not new, but protests over the Summer emboldened some people to act on their bigotry. From subtle systemic racism in awarding contracts to outright hate-motivated incidents at job sites, now a new Black Builders' Association wants to more»

Women Make Up Only About 9% Of The Construction Industry, But A ‘New Wave’ Of Female Builders ‘Are Leaning On Each Other To Combat Loneliness And Creating Their Own Community’

Published on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
At first, Angela Cacace was unsure about a career in construction. After the Washington, D.C., Barber moved to North Carolina for her husband’s job, she so successfully remodeled their kitchen that she won a contest in This Old House. Encouraged by the story’s editor to pursue her contracting dreams, she enrolled in a local building program. more»

Apprenticeships Are An ‘Overlooked Solution’ For Creating ‘More Access To Quality Jobs’

Published on Sunday, January 31, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
President Joe Biden is encountering fires on many fronts as he takes office, among them a level of joblessness not seen since the Great Depression. Looking back, our policy response to the previous recession ended too soon and left 53 million Americans stuck in low-wage jobs. There are no silver bullets for the COVID-19 recession, but having Democratic more»

Canadian Union Training Providers ‘Applaud’ Ontario Government’s $37 Million Investment To ‘Support’ Women In The Trades & For Health And Safety Training

Published on Thursday, January 28, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(HAMILTON, ONTARIO/CANADA) - Ontario Premier Doug Ford was clear in his statement that the Province is “desperately in need of more Electricians, Welders, Carpenters and Construction Workers” during a recent announcement of $37 million that’s geared towards helping thousands of people upgrade their skills or retrain for a new career during more»

‘More’ Michigan Women ‘Should Get In The Construction Game’

Published on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(ACROSS THE STATE OF MICHIGAN) - Few would dispute there’s a talent gap and jobs left unfilled in the construction industry in Michigan and across the country, but when it comes to women working in this sector, the situation is even grimmer. Which is why leaders in business, government, Organized Labor and others have been launching programs and more»

Clark University's $10M Grant Will Retrain Up 800 Local Workers - The Federal Grant, ‘The Only One Of Its Kind In The Northeast,’ Will Allow Clark To Offer Training In IT Fields

Published on Sunday, January 24, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS) - Clark University has received a $10 million award from the Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration's H-1B One Workforce Grant Program to help train the workforce of the future for jobs in critical industries such as information technology, advanced manufacturing and transportation. Clark is the only more»

Maui To Receive $300,000 Federal Grant To Create STEM Apprenticeship Program, Aim Is To Help Develop A Work-Based Apprenticeship Program For Residents Living On This Hawaiian Island

Published on Friday, January 22, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(HONOLULU, HAWAII) — A Federal grant is aiming to help develop a work-based APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM for Maui residents. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, who introduced the legislation, announced the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) would be receiving $300,000 in Federal funding to go toward a program looking to offer unique on-the-job training in more»

Apprenticeships ‘Aren’t Just For The Trades,’ It’s ‘Also A Way To Bolster’ Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce

Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(LAKEWOOD, COLORADO) - Vivian Darby, 36, is finally where she’s supposed to be. The funny, gregarious Colorado native is playing in a big sandbox on a sunny Winter day. She’s surrounded by a posse of young children. She sings with them. Runs with them. Screams with them. Gently admonishes them. And does a whole lot more in the highly more»

California Electricians Receive Training In Microgrids & Storage As Part Of Climate, Equity Effort

Published on Sunday, January 17, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA) - A new training and certification program in California equips Electricians with the skills needed to work with Microgrids and Storage, while aiming to ensure Minority and disadvantaged residents benefit from the program. As part of the effort to train Workers for jobs that address climate change, the California Workforce more»

From Across The Pond: Tech Data Launches Hardware Apprenticeship

Published on Thursday, January 14, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, The Channel has looked for training and enablement in order to keep skills sharp and utilize the time that engineers have been unable to visit customer sites. Vendors have made more on-line training available and there have been numerous virtual seminars reaching out to resellers to provide them with information. Tech more»

Veterans Program Graduates First On-Line IBEW Pre-Apprentice

Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON) - This past October, U.S. Army Veteran Raul Gutierrez became the first person to finish his Pre-Apprenticeship Program completely on-line. Gutierrez is a graduate of the Veterans Electrical Entry Program's (VEEP) computer-mediated learning course, which allows participants to take classes on-line that prepare them for an more»

Construction Jobs ‘Are Out There, But There Aren't Enough Qualified’ Applicants - While The National Workforce ‘Is On The Rebound, The Pandemic Is Forcing Many People To Either Search For Work Or Change Their Careers’

Published on Sunday, January 10, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO) - While our National Workforce is on the rebound, the Coronavirus Pandemic is forcing many to either have to search for work or change their careers all together. There's one program called The Community Builders Program that offers Apprenticeship Training to under-served communities to help fill the Construction Workforce more»

OhioMeansJobs: Apprenticeship Program Helps Employers

Published on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
UrbanCitizen.com Editor’s Note: This is the third in a three-part series on employer services provided by OhioMeansJobs Champaign County to help local businesses retain their workforce through training that prepares valued Employees for new skills and technology and career advancement. Other employer services featured in this series include Incumbent more»

Here’s Six Expert Tips For Rebooting Your Career In 2021 – Including Considering A Tech Apprenticeship

Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Whether you’ve been made redundant from your job, your financial situation has changed or the 2020 lockdowns have given you pause for thought and inspired you to reassess, here are some top tips for restarting your career in a new year… Network, Refine Your CV (Curriculum Vitae) And Reboot: If you’ve been made redundant, Alex Hattingh more»

Northeast State Welcomes New Machinist Apprentices From Bell Helicopter

Published on Sunday, January 3, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE) - Come fly with us: That’s an invitation from Northeast State Community College and Bell taken up by two new members of the College’s Apprenticeship Program. Officials with the Bell Piney Flats facility and Northeast State’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) welcomed Justin Brown and David Gardner more»

Apprenticeship Program For Upper Manhattan Residents Graduates Its Third Cohort In Virtual Ceremony - Pre-Apprenticeship Program Helps Minorities, Women & Upper Manhattan Residents Obtain Union Construction Apprenticeships

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(MANHATTAN, NEW YORK) - A six-week Pre-Apprenticeship Program, delivered by Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A) in partnership with the West Harlem Development Corporation, New York City Department of Small Business Services and Columbia University, certifies participants with key skills and required safety trainings needed to qualify for an Apprenticeship more»

$1 Million Grant Will Fund New 20,000-Square-Foot, State-Of-The-Art Training Center For The Electrical Trade In Lawrence County, Pennsylvania

Published on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(NEW CASTLE, PENNSYLVANIA) - A $1 million grant from the Pennsylvania State Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) will fund a state-of-the-art Electrical Apprenticeship Training Center for Lawrence County, State Representative Chris Sainato (Democrat-Lawrence) has announced. Sainato said the grant will give area Electrical Apprentices the more»

‘Skilling Up Through Apprenticeships’ For The Automotive Industry’s Future

Published on Sunday, December 27, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Is your company struggling to recruit and retain skilled Workers? Are promising projects sitting on the shelf due to lack of able hands? Leaders in many automotive industries think so. And some companies are tackling the problem through Apprenticeship Programs. Such on-the-job training makes good sense for companies that need middle-level skilled more»

SMART Training Centers In California & Michigan Reopen, But Instructors ‘Face Similar Challenges To Keep Apprentices Safe From The Coronavirus While They Learn Their Craft’

Published on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA) - There are more than 140 Union Sheet Metal Training Centers in the United States and Canada and they vary in size - from city to rural, from a few dozen Apprentices to as many as 1,000, and are located in small geographic areas to entire states and beyond. Every training center, funded by the International Association of Sheet Metal, more»

NBA Superstar LeBron James Opens Job Training & Financial Literacy Center In Ohio

Published on Sunday, December 20, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(AKRON, OHIO) - LeBron James, a perennial National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar and social activist, is adding to his impressive philanthropic portfolio with the opening of a job training and financial center in his Akron, Ohio hometown. Despite James’ worldly exploits, he’s remained fiercely loyal to Akron, a 40-mile drive south of more»

Determination, Mentorship & Success - “I Struck My First Arc And Realized This Was The Industry For Me” - Spotlight On Union Boilermaker Kayla Vander Molen

Published on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(CALGARY, ALBERTA/CANADA) - Fashion design seems like an unlikely path to a career as a Union Boilermaker, but it’s exactly where things started for Kayla Vander Molen, who is now a Pre-Apprentice Instructor and Welding Examiner-in-Training at Local 146 (Calgary, Alberta). But really, the career leap wasn’t too far in some respects. Vander more»