Washington, D.C. – July 19, 2018 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) issued a statement from NABTU President Sean McGarvey following the White House Pledge to America’s Workers event:
“For over 80 years, North America’s Building Trades Unions have been strong advocates of and leading practitioners in the Registered Apprenticeship system. Today, NABTU along with its contractor partners committed to training 250,000 new apprentices in our state-of-the-art Registered Apprenticeship programs for skills that will not only meet the demands of industry, but will also fully equip individuals with portable skills that will lead to rewarding middle class careers in the construction industry.
“As the preeminent organization convening apprenticeship readiness programs to compliment rigorous apprenticeship education and training, we support efforts to expand our proven model to other industries. A robust labor-management commitment to and private investment in craft training are vital to ensuring workers of all backgrounds including veterans, women and minority communities, can meet the demands of a competitive industry. We were pleased to participate in the Task Force established by the President and appreciate the opportunity to elevate and impart best practices from our proven and widely recognized model of workforce development.”