All Registered Apprenticeship Programs in the construction industry put a strong focus on safety training -- for the benefit of not only new apprentices, but for everyone on the jobsite.
The construction industry has relied on Registered Apprenticeship Programs to properly train future generations of skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen for nearly 100 years. The need for better safety training was one of the original reasons apprenticeship programs were adopted by the industry, and that commitment remains true to this day.
A construction site is a very busy place, with lots of people responsible for different tasks, often happening at the same time; sometimes in close proximity to others. This can create safety hazards, which is why everyone on a jobsite is better off when safety training is consistent -- from the most experienced journeymen to the new apprentice.
Safety training begins in the classroom and continues on the job. Apprentices learn from instructors how to work safely and then take what they learned and apply it on the jobsite. Apprentices continue to learn on-the-job under the guidance and direction of experienced journeymen who have worked in the trade for years.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers training programs for different industries. Construction OSHA training covers topics frequently encountered by construction workers such as electrical hazards, fall hazards, personal protection equipment, just to name a few. These topics are all covered in a Registered Apprenticeship Program.
OSHA training is considered the industry standard because of how the material is designed. OSHA courses are based on the most frequent causes for jobsite injuries and deaths and the training has multiple levels. Many Registered Apprenticeship Programs provide opportunities for apprentices to upgrade from the OSHA-10 certification to the OSHA-30 certification.
There is currently a need for skilled construction workers and wages for this in-demand career continue to rise. As an added bonus, a Registered Apprenticeship Program comes at little to no cost to the apprentice, allowing them to start a career, debt-free.
The high demand for workers can, in some cases, lead contractors to cut corners in training. This is not the case with a Registered Apprenticeship Program, where safety training and following proper safety guidelines on job sites remains a top priority.
As skilled tradespeople continue to retire, it is important that their jobs are being filled by apprentices who understand how to work safely so that everyone on the jobsite can be successful and avoid injuries.
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