For the second year in a row, the October Cleveland Building Trades Apprenticeship Fair set an attendance record.
Open to the public, the Apprenticeship Fair drew more than 340 people, eclipsing the record of 300 set at last year’s event. The record crowd was a diverse group, that included a number of women and minorities who attended to learn more about the opportunities available by joining a registered apprenticeship program with one of the area’s building trades unions and the many benefits they offer.
Hosted by the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council and the Cleveland Building Trades Tradeswomen Committee, the Oct. 29 event took place at the Pipefitters Local 120 Hall.
Doreen Cannon, President of Plumbers Local 55 and Chair of the Cleveland Building Trades Tradeswomen Committee, helped put on the event. She was pleased by another strong turnout and was especially happy to see 55 women attend the event, as the Tradeswomen Committee continues to conduct outreach to attract more women into the trades.
Attendees discovered how apprentices, regardless of race or gender, are able to earn a livable wage, as they work on the jobsite while also learning from experienced journeymen, who teach them the ins and outs of the trade.
Apprentices also receive mandatory classroom instruction to help them advance their industry knowledge and skillset. As apprentices progress through the program, they receive hourly wage increases reflective of their growing skillset.
“It always surprises me the apprenticeship model is not known more by the general public, but that is the reason we hold these career fairs and why we have such a great turn out,” said Cannon. “I think everyone is starting to realize the great opportunities available through the Cleveland Building Trades affiliated registered apprenticeship programs.”
Representatives from area trades were on hand to discuss how apprenticeships can lead to fulfilling careers, as well as answer any questions attendees had about their specific trade or their apprenticeship program.