These remarkable women are breaking the mold that ‘construction is a man’s job’! For those who are STC graduates, they had a lot of fun and worked very hard to complete the program. Not only did they receive 50% classroom instruction, but the other 50% of their time was spent on hands-on carpentry, ranging from roofing, siding, and drywalling, to replacing windows, flooring, doors, and electrical wiring and outlets. They also constructed numerous items such as picnic tables, electoral boxes, sheds, and more! Part of the classroom instruction consisted of receiving certifications in OSHA-10 for carpentry (Occupational Safety & Health Administration); flagging; scaffolding assembling & dismantling; forklift operating; and blueprint reading.
Having the STC training is helpful in getting accepted into an apprenticeship with the unions, but it is not a requirement. Most unions require being at least 18 years old, having a driver’s license, a high school diploma and some may have a math test to pass. When you become a first year apprentice, you are ‘on the clock’, i.e. getting paid from day 1, and as you complete each year and move up, your pay increases.
The Training & Employment Resource Center (TERC) assists participants with initiation fees and monthly dues along with a tool allowance, workwear allowance and more. Stop in or call either TERC office in Alleg. or Catt. if you want more information.