The UBC Career Connections program continues to see a rise in both community support and participation. Created by the Carpenters International Training Fund in 2010, this program provides high school students with an opportunity to learn first-hand the required skills and values for having a successful career as a carpenter after they graduate.
Training provided by the CITF along with regional training funds is just one way the UBC is helping to address the shortage of skilled workers. Currently the UBC has more than 35,000 participants enrolled in apprenticeship programs across North America. Students who complete one or more skill levels of Career Connections may be admitted to UBC apprenticeship programs having already earned credits toward completion of the apprenticeship program.
Since 2017, the program has seen a steady growth in participation as numbers across the board have nearly doubled in size. Today the Career Connections program is proudly offered in over 400 middle and high schools across the U.S. With over 200 training specialists involved to help support local teachers, the program continues to generate a positive impact. In addition to having an educational presence, the program is also being used in more than 100 local community programs and Job Corps centers throughout North America.
In response to the success of the program, Carole O’Keefe coordinator of the program states, “Knowing that our program is helping to make a difference in the lives of students and community members throughout the nation is truly something to be proud of, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”
A building trade apprenticeship provides an alternative to college. It allows for a debt-free learning experience as there are no tuition fees for apprenticeships. With training sessions separated by periods of actual time in the field, apprentices are able to earn wages while they work towards becoming a journeyman carpenter.
Traditional apprenticeship programs are a proven model for success. The various training and craft options offered provides an opportunity for men and women to acquire the necessary skills to have a long-term sustainable career, and not just a job in construction.