Albany Common Council Passes A New Apprenticeship Ordinance

Published On: Thursday, August 03, 2017
Original Publisher: Carpenter Contractor Trust

City of Albany Passes Ordinance Requiring Construction Contractors/Subcontractors to have NYDOL-Approved Apprenticeship Programs

Authored by: Michael Cinquanti, Director of Policy & Planning, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters

On July 3, the Albany Common Council passed a new Apprenticeship Ordinance by a 12-1 vote. This new mandate requires all construction contractors and subcontractors, working on projects valued at a sum greater than $100,000, to have a reputable apprenticeship program in place which has been approved by the New York State Department of Labor.
This ordinance states that all contractors and subcontractors must show verification of their approved apprenticeship program and each apprenticeship program must graduate at least 30% of their students. It will be effective from September 2017. 
“This is great news for the City of Albany and for young apprentices looking to get the hands-on training and in-class curriculum that they need to operate safely and confidently on the job site,” said Bill Banfield, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters’ (NRCC) Southeast New York Regional Manager. “The Northeast Carpenters strongly believes in providing both on-the-job and in-class training for our carpenters, so they can earn while they learn and have the chance to build a career with a good standard of living, great healthcare, and retirement benefits.”
We are constantly meeting the needs of the industry and consistently remain ahead of the educational curve as we prepare for the industry’s future needs. The NRCC’s Apprenticeship programs, in both New York and New Jersey, are a five-year college-accredited training curriculum, and graduates 200 construction professionals annually from training centers in both states. Five years of training combined with more than 1,000 hours of on-the-job training with skilled union carpenters and technical school courses develop union carpenters who are prepared to meet the needs of this rapidly evolving construction industry. 

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