The Continuing Education program at the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) hosted an Apprentice Information Night on June 2, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The purpose of the event was to introduce area employers to the concept of apprenticeship and to EASTERN’s Continuing Education programs for adults. It was also a networking opportunity for those seeking local employment. The featured speakers for the event were Mr. Eric Ramsay, Director of the Apprenticeship and Training Office for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, and Mr. Peter Klein, Director of Training for the Steamfitters Local Union 420.
Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related coursework. EASTERN is a community-based career and technical institution currently offering a successful four-year Electrical Apprenticeship Program with plans to develop and offer Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Welding Apprenticeship Programs for Eastern Montgomery County employers.
“For every dollar a company invests in an apprenticeship program, they receive $1.47 back. For the employers, apprenticeship training results in a highly skilled workforce, reduced turnover rate, more productive employees, and a more diverse workforce,” said Mr. Ramsay. “Workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn $300,000 over a lifetime more than their peers who do not. This is a win-win for both employer and employee. I am thrilled that EASTERN offers the education portion of the Electrical Apprenticeship Program, and is looking to expand its offerings.”
Mr. Klein discussed the Steamfitters Local Union 420 training program and requirements. “Steamfitters install all processed piping – which can include piping for water, chemicals, crude oil, and gas,” said Mr. Klein. “The Steamfitters Local Union 420 is a training facility in which candidates need to take a differential aptitude test to enter the program. The program includes math, physics, mechanical drawing, and welding – just to name a few. Real-world education and application with programs offered at EASTERN provide a head start to those interested in successful career in the skilled trades.”
Increase your competitive edge with Continuing Education courses at EASTERN. Continuing Education at EASTERN offers a wide variety of job skill training programs for adults, providing opportunities to launch a new career, strengthen your current skill set, and advance the skills of your current employees. For more information on the Continuing Education programs at EASTERN, please visit www.eastech.org/continuing-education or contact Anne Marie Brahan at 215-784-4802, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.