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CLASSROOMS, WORKSHOPS, ON-THE-JOB

New training facility touches all the bases in teaching carpenters

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The 36,756-square-foot Joint Apprenticeship Committee Carpenter Training Facility on Vultee Street in Allentown cost about $5 million.

It’s a lot more convenient to become a skilled carpenter.

It’s a lot more convenient to become a skilled carpenter.

The new Joint Apprenticeship Committee Carpenter Training Facility at 1818 Vultee St., Allentown, opened last September for training Lehigh Valley and surrounding area first-year carpenter apprentices.

The school was dedicated by the committee in January with many local dignitaries, union officials and members in attendance.

The new facility is a much-needed addition to and extension of the existing JAC school in Philadelphia that has trained apprentices for more than 20 years.

The Allentown school is equipped with a complete welding shop and high-tech virtual welding machine, aerial lift equipment, crane, complete variety of hand tools used in carpentry and a large indoor and outdoor area to teach and practice all aspects of residential and commercial carpentry in a safe, supervised, hands on environment.

CAPACITY TOPS 100

There is adequate space to build projects, teach and demonstrate safe practices for rigging, set up and tear down scaffolding and show how to use layout instruments, all of which provide the apprentice with the knowledge, skills and certifications to safely perform on the job.

Additionally, the school has modern classrooms used for teaching the academics of carpentry, such as mathematics, blueprint interpretation and general carpentry theory.

The number of apprentices annually accepted into the program is generally projected and/or dictated by local demand for carpenters. The Allentown school can train concurrently more than 100 students, a capacity that can meet any local requirement for skilled carpenters.

The apprentice program includes three types of training: formal classroom instruction, technical workshop projects, and on-the-job training.

TRAVEL, TIME SAVINGS

The Allentown location provides the first two parts of this training close to home for the apprentice. It takes four years to complete the program; during which students spend about 120 days at the training facility.

The difference between training in Philadelphia and training in Allentown equates to big savings for each apprentice in travel time, gasoline, vehicle mileage and tolls.

Currently, only first-year apprentices are being trained in Allentown. The school is preparing to provide training for second-, third- and fourth-year apprentices in the 2017-2018 school year.

TRAINING FOR VETERAN CARPENTERS, TOO

Meanwhile, the school is now providing journeyman upgrade courses and certifications as new concepts/practices evolve in the industry. Journeyman carpenters also will benefit in travel savings by using the Allentown school for these courses.

The new facility in Allentown provides relevant, consistent, expert training that produces a highly skilled carpentry workforce for the building industry – ultimately a fulfilling career with family sustaining wages for the apprentice and a positive economic impact throughout the area.

Francis Schlenner of Jim Thorpe is an instructor at the Joint Apprenticeship Committee Carpenters Apprentice School of Philadelphia and Vicinity. He is a graduate of the apprentice program and worked in carpentry for more than 22 years before becoming an instructor. For more information on the Lehigh Valley Building Trades, visit www.lehighvalleybuilding.com

 

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