Students enrolled in the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s Construction Technology class recently discussed career opportunities and the occupational outlook of carpentry with a professional in the field.
George Baldwin, a representative from the Empire State Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Training Center, recently visited CiTi’s Mexico Campus and discussed carpentry career opportunities available through an apprenticeship program.
During a nearly two hour presentation, Baldwin explained that the carpentry profession is currently going through a transitional period, as an aging workforce is being replaced by young, talented carpenters.
The transition also comes at a time where the need for carpenters has never been higher.
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of carpenters is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
“We have an aging workforce, and we need to replace that work force with young students,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin also noted that aspiring carpenters need to be multi-talented and showcase the ability to excel in all areas of the profession.
“Most people think carpenters work with wood, but we also work with metal, plastic and masonry. We work with a lot of building materials and the materials are always changing,” said Baldwin. “Carpentry is one trade, but there are many crafts in our trade.”
Like with any other profession, new workers looking to transition into the carpentry industry will be required to have some form of experience to gain employment.
While this age-old dilemma proves still proves difficult today, Baldwin said students have several options to get their foot in the door, including an apprenticeship program.
According to Baldwin, the Empire State Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Training Program will provide students with job training and related instruction, similar to what the students get through a CTE program.
Baldwin added that CiTi students would receive extra points for having experience in a related vocational education.