U.S. Labor Secretary Acosta, Sen. Roy Blunt, and Rep. Ann Wagner Visit Carpenters Training School

By on February 26, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, Sen. Roy Blunt and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner visited the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council’s Nelson-Mulligan Training Center in St. Louis to highlight workforce development and careers in the trades.

Secretary Acosta greets a Carpenter apprentice at the Nelson-Mulligan Training Center in St. Louis.

“We were thrilled to welcome Secretary Acosta to our apprenticeship program in St. Louis,” said Al Bond, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Carpenters Regional Council. “We work every day to train the safest, most highly skilled carpenters in the field. We share similar goals with Secretary Acosta, Sen. Blunt and Rep. Wagner. We welcome their leadership in bringing Labor and business together to develop innovative solutions to workforce development.”

(L to R) Rep. Wagner, Secretary Acosta, Carpenters Executive Secretary-Treasurer Al Bond, Sen. Blunt and Carpenters Director of Train Ron Tierney at the Nelson-Mulligan Training Center in St. Louis.

The Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP) is a U.S. Department of Labor and Missouri Department of Education-certified educational program. The center currently has approximately 1,300 apprentices training in the areas of carpentry, floor laying, cabinet making, millwright and electrical.

Sen. Blunt and Secretary Acosta (center) meet with two Carpenter apprentices.

A model for the industry, the program is jointly funded by signatory contractors and the Regional Council to the tune of $11 million annually and receives no public funds. Graduates of the program are nationally recognized for their professional skills and safety training, making them highly sought after in the job market.

“Thank you to the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council for hosting me at their Training Center in St. Louis,” said Secretary Acosta. “With our nation’s strong economic growth, including more open jobs than Americans looking for jobs, apprenticeship programs like these help individuals learn in-demand skills that can lead to good, safe, family-sustaining careers.”

“Apprenticeship programs are key to making sure we have the workforce we need to compete in a 21st Century economy,” said Blunt. “I appreciated hearing from the men and women who are building their careers through the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program. As chair of the subcommittee that funds Department of Labor programs, I’ll continue prioritizing resources for workforce development initiatives that provide the skills and training workers need to succeed.”

“Apprenticeship programs in the trades provide proven pathways to stable careers for American workers,” said Rep. Wagner. “They teach the skills demanded by our nation’s top employers, and help support the wages and benefits that contribute to a strong middle class.”

To learn more about the Carpenters Regional Council and find information about becoming an apprentice, please visit www.carpdc.org.


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