FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2015
Graduates of Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program Honored
MADISON—Area construction companies will have more skilled candidates available to hire for their busy season, with a new crop of graduates from the Foundations for the Trades Academy program. The training program, sponsored by the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin and its partners, honored its new graduates at a ceremony held on the morning of Friday, July 24 at the Urban League of Madison on the city’s south side.
“With the construction industry on the upswing, and now in need of more skilled workers, we’re proud to have trained so many area residents for a range of construction jobs available right here in South Central Wisconsin,” says Pat Schramm, CEO for the Workforce Development Board. “It’s a great example of how multiple community agencies and government entities can come together and align resources to help workers and employers advance—together. I congratulate the graduates for their commitment and hard work and wish them well in their careers.”
The program uses an industry-recognized approach in training individuals to develop construction craft skills, combining classroom instruction and hands-on training on a job site. Contextual learning specific to construction trades, safety, construction math and measurements, and hand and power tools are part of the curriculum. Participants earn industry-approved certifications and also develop work readiness skills needed for entry-level employment or apprenticeships in the industry. The training program is offered at no cost for eligible participants.
The graduation was prefaced by a construction-focused hiring fair exclusively for the graduates and 12 area construction companies.
Partners for the program include Construction Training, Inc.’s START program, Operation Fresh Start, Urban League of Greater Madison, Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin and the WorkSmart Network. Funding sources for the program include the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative.
About the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, founded in 1983, is a private, non profit organization that collaborates with businesses, workers and communities in the counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette and Sauk counties to promote a healthy economy. The Board’s vision is to build public and private partnerships that support innovation and excellence in workforce development. For more information about Workforce Development Board, please visit wdbscw.org.