Educational institutions adapted quickly to distance learning due to the Coronavirus pandemic; registered apprenticeship programs have done the same.
Although portions of apprenticeship training require hands-on work in a lab, classroom and other lecture-based requirements are being performed remotely. Just like colleges and other higher learning institutions, apprenticeship programs have adapted to accommodate, and in many cases embrace, remote learning.
In most states, construction has been deemed an essential business. This means that apprentices can continue to earn while they learn and also receive valuable, on-the-job training from experienced journeymen while bringing home a paycheck.
Apprenticeship directors are finding ways they can continue to provide the other component of apprenticeship learning -- classroom instruction. From Zoom to Blackboard, many virtual learning applications are being used to continue classes.
Organizations such as the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers have come up with ways to standardize what they are doing among their sub-organizations. They have instructed their apprentices to register and familiarize themselves with a learning management system.
COVID-19 has allowed the construction industry to prove it is resilient and adaptive. Despite the ongoing pandemic, registered apprenticeship programs are continuing to educate future generations of tradesmen and tradeswomen. Training Directors are finding ways to make certain that apprentices finish their chosen program on-time.
While millions are unemployed, a job in the construction industry allows people to not only continue working, but also ensures that our most essential structures are operating and being built to care and provide for our nation.
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