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LiUNA Center Announces 250+ Apprentices Turned Journeymen in ’15; 1,600 All Time

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The LiUNA-affiliated Terence J. O’Sullivan Training Center has announced that 272 men and women graduated from apprenticeship to journeyman status in 2015.  To do so, each participant logged 240 hours of classroom instruction and at least 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.  A total of 1,600 apprentices have graduated from the program in the past 11 years.  

“It takes hours of hard work in the classroom and hands-on training in a wide array of skills to attain journeyperson status,” LiUNA leader Oscar de la Torre said of the apprenticeship journey.  “These graduates will be valuable to the companies they work for and the California construction industry as a whole.”

Jeff Armstrong, Director of Apprenticeship, added:

“Apprentices receive equipment endorsements, Cal/OSHA certifications, and gain valuable experience in virtually every segment of the construction industry.  These graduates have displayed their commitment and exceptional ability to complete this rigorous and challenging program. In fact, about 35% of apprentices that start the program fail to finish.”

The center functions as a partnership between labor unions and signatory contractors.  Each year it provides more than 125,000 hours of training, offering more than 75 courses.


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