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Mobile-area Apprenticeship Readiness Program accepting applications for March 2021 class

A well-trained workforce is essential to the future of Alabama’s economic growth. An Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) kicks off in Mobile on March 1, 2021, to develop building trade skills in the area.

The eight-week program, hosted by Bishop State Community College, will expose participants to union crafts and the construction industry before they select a specific career trade to focus on with the goal of gaining employment in the building trades.

Sponsored by the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), ARPs give hands-on training and educational services that introduce union crafts and the construction industry. More than 150 of these programs nationwide develop plumbers, electricians, ironworkers and other skilled professionals, supporting economic growth and providing contract workers for companies across the country.

Recruitment for ARPs is focused on reaching historically underrepresented communities, including people of color, women and transitioning veterans. In recent years, these training programs have increased in the Southeast.

Founded in 1908, NABTU has the largest and most comprehensive registered apprenticeship programs and the largest apprenticeship readiness program in the U.S. construction industry.

“Skilled labor is critical to continued industry growth in the Southeast,” said Brandon Bishop, NABTU Southern representative. “We are excited to partner with Bishop State Community College to offer our first apprenticeship program in the Mobile area.”

Class space is limited and students interested in the course should apply at this link. The deadline to apply is Jan. 28.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)