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Celebrating Black History in the Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 25, 2021 12:38:23 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in trades, career opportunities

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Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It’s celebrated all over the world, but here in the United States, Black History Month highlights the struggles and celebrates the contributions of African Americans from all walks of life.

Did you know that some of the prominent African Americans in our country were key members of the labor movement? Take A. Philip Randolph, born in 1889, who was head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and Vice-President of the AFL-CIO's Executive Council. He represented the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in a dispute against the Pullman Company. He was instrumental in convincing President Roosevelt to sign an executive order, in June 1941, which called for an end to discrimination in defense plant jobs. Mr. Randolph chose the labor movement because, “"(t)he labor movement traditionally has been the only haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden and the poor." As Vice-President of the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council, he worked tirelessly to end discrimination from within the ranks of the union.

More recently, take Madison Burnett. Mr. Burnett is Training Director at the Electrical JATC (Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee) of Southern Nevada. After graduating from Delgado College in New Orleans, Mr. Burnett applied and was accepted into the electrical apprenticeship in 1984 and thus began his journey in the trade. Following his completion of the program in 1994, Madison worked as a journeyman wireman, a foreman, an instructor, and Assistant Training Director before taking his current position as Training Director in 2004.

Mr. Burnett’s dedication to the electrical industry has afforded him the opportunity to serve on the Nevada State Apprenticeship Council, Governor’s Workforce Development Board for the State of Nevada, International Code Council, Southern Nevada Apprenticeship Programs Association and the Advisory Committee with the electrical training Alliance.

As Black History Month comes to a close, we salute the African-American men and women who have strived, suffered, achieved and won. We’re proud that many of them call the labor movement home, and we are ever grateful for their contributions.

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Find a Life That You Love with a Career in the Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2021 1:37:34 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, construction industry, trades, construction jobs, careers, career opportunities

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What is it like to be a trades worker? First things first, in the construction trades, we work hard to make things that are real. When someone asks us what we do, we say, “I’m a sheet metal worker,” or “I’m an electrical worker.” We never have to say, “I’m an associate marketing coordinator reporting to the assistant vice president of sales.” We make bridges, stadiums, houses, roads, machines, things that are real, things that last.

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New Beginnings: Why You Should Consider A Career in the Construction Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, skilled labor shortage, construction jobs, careers, career opportunities

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2020 was quite a year. While it has been trying for all of us, it’s also forced good and needed reflection on what we really value, and what we want from life moving forward, both personally and professionally. Coupled with a new year and the new resolutions that come with it, 2021 is sure to be a year of progress, change, and growth.

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Many millennials can excel in the trades, economists say

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2017 3:01:00 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in apprenticeship, trades, Construct Your Future, Registered construction apprenticeships

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According to economists, not every young person is right for college, and the option to build a career in the trades may be just the answer for many millennials.

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Now that you have a college degree, what is your life like?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2017 10:20:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, apprenticeship, trades, Construct Your Future

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Do you have a college degree? 

Anymore, it doesn't really seem to matter, does it? 

Maybe you're thinking that it would have been better if you hadn't gone to college; at least you wouldn't have all that debt hanging over your head, making you anxious, forcing you to save money and live with your parents. 

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Where are the jobs?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2017 2:05:00 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, apprenticeship, trades, Schools

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Like other students across America, you have probably been told by your teachers, counselors and parents that college is the only way to get a good job. 

The truth is, millions of college graduates struggle to find employment in their preferred field. 

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New Construction Stats in 2017 to Increase 5% to $713 Billion According to Dodge Data & Analytics

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2017 4:56:00 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in trades, housing, public works, electric utilities, Manufacturing, commercial interests, construction jobs, construction outlook

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With the construction industry projected to grow by 5% in 2017, there’s never been a better time to find a career in the building trades.  As construction projects increase, so does the demand for highly educated, well-trained workers.  If you’re looking for a career that offers long-term employment opportunities, a stable living wage, medical benefits and the chance to grow, now is the time to CONSTRUCT YOUR FUTURE and become a member of the building trades. 

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