George Baldwin, a representative from the Empire State Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Training Center was on hand at the Construction Technology class at Oswego County BOCES recently where he shared carpentry career opportunities available through the apprenticeship program.
He praised the preparation students receive from participation in the career and technical education programs at OCB saying “this is a great feeder program to an apprenticeship.”
He explained to the students that an approved apprenticeship program will provide them with two things to prepare them for a career in carpentry: 1) on the job training and 2) related instruction, very similar to what the students get through a CTE program.
“If you like what you are doing here, you’re going to love the apprenticeship program,” Baldwin said, noting that the apprenticeship programs are paid, full-time programs while the participants are training.
Baldwin also shared job market predictions for those interested in a career in carpentry.
Recent expansion in the technology industry in New York State has increased the need for construction of new buildings that utilize “clean room” technology. A “clean room” is 200 times more sterile than a hospital surgical suite and is necessary when producing high tech products such as cell phone and computer chip production.
“There is so much work for carpenters in Upstate New York for the next 20 years,” he said.
Baldwin encouraged interested individuals to apply for the apprenticeship program and noted that students in a career and tech program are wanted for entrance into the apprenticeship because they have an aptitude for the field and have experience with the tools of the trade.
For more information about the Construction Technology program at Oswego County BOCES, contact Marla Berlin, Principal of Career and Technical Education at (315) 963-4433.