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January 9, 2004




           An Apprenticeship Expo offering information on building trade careers will be held in the Pikake Room, adjacent to the Job Quest Job Fair, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on January 14 at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

            “This is an outstanding opportunity for those interested in learning a trade to find out how to advance in their field,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “There will be a surge in military construction this year, and local unions want to ensure enough workers will be entering the building trades to fill the coming job openings.” 

            The average apprentice in the building trades earns $12 an hour plus benefits, while a journeyman is paid twice that amount in base pay.  Unions note that the work is not always easy and workers must be in good physical condition.

             Represented at this Expo are: members of the Building & Construction Trades Council (plumbers, painters, glaziers, sheetmetal workers, ironworkers, masons and tapers); Pearl Harbor Shipyard; Associated Builders and Contractors; State Apprenticeship Programs; and the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

             The Expo is free to the public.  Workshops on “the Importance of Education” and “Introduction to Apprenticeship Programs” will be conducted in three sessions throughout the day to provide additional information and to answer any questions from the public.  Those who have been invited to the Expo include job seekers at the Job Fair, public and private high school seniors and juniors, and selected City job applicants.

             The Apprenticeship Expo and Job Fair are part of the initiative “Keeping Hawaii in Business” from the City Department of Community Services, Oahu Workforce Investment Board, and Oahu WorkLinks.  The initiative is a public-private partnership representing government, education, business and labor and is aimed at keeping more jobs and well-paying jobs in Hawaii.

             Additional information is available by calling Oahu WorkLinks Administration
at 592-8600.




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