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February 01, 2018

Chicagoland Unions Participate in National Apprenticeship Week

Chicagoland Unions Participate in National Apprenticeship Week

In November, several unions and programs across Chicago participated in National Apprenticeship Week, a week the U.S. Department of Labor has dedicated to celebrate and champion apprenticeship programs across the country. Local programs use this time to promote access to apprenticeship opportunities in the area. Led by CISCO, the Construction Industry Service Corporation, many unions offered information sessions, open houses and tours promoting their programs.

Open houses were held by two CFL-affiliated unions. The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters held an initial open house on Nov. 15, but quickly added another one on Nov. 16 to accommodate the abundance of registrants. Attendees were treated to a tour of the Carpenters Regional Training Center in Elk Grove Village, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and their stateof-the-art training facilities. After the tour, the Carpenters Apprentice Training Program presented a program focused on life as an apprentice, and they told prospective candidates about the many benefits of their apprenticeship program.

Painters District Council 14 held their open house on Nov. 17 at their training center in Berkley, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. Visitors toured the facilities at the Painters and Drywall Finishers Apprenticeship Program, which included trade demonstrations and opportunities to meet with instructors and apprentices. The event drew a large crowd of interested candidates, community organizations and educators.

Access United, a partnership between the CFL, CISCO, Chicago-Cook Building Trades Council, and United Way of Metro Chicago, also used the week to promote trade apprenticeships. Access United candidates received information about open houses and were encouraged to participate and apply to programs. United Way also participated in public outreach via Twitter, helping to inform the public of these great opportunities. Access United is an important part of the CFL’s commitment to support trade apprenticeship programs throughout the Chicagoland region.

The local success of National Apprenticeship Week would not be possible without the committed leadership of CISCO and their essential role in helping promote these trade programs. The CFL’s continued partnership with CISCO, the Chicago-Cook County Building Trades Council and United Way is helping ensure apprenticeship programs are promoted throughout the region.