Equal Employment Opportunities for Oregon Apprentices
In the age of the Technological revolution, it is now more critical than ever that workers be prepared to compete in the marketplace of the future.
“Trade apprenticeships offer an opportunity for young men and women to acquire the training and skills that will surely be required to earn a true living wage.
“I experienced firsthand a real world insight on how apprentice training changes lives. A few years ago, I met a young African American man named Terence. He was fresh out of high school; Jefferson High to be precise.
“Like many young minority high school graduates, college was not an option for Terence. Drifting from one dead end job to the next, he eventually found work at Walsh construction as a laborer. This was his first exposure to a professional work environment that demanded discipline, punctuality and dependency.
“Terence and I became fast friends. It was readily apparent that he was a very bright young man with a positive attitude towards life. However, he and I realized that as an unskilled laborer, he did not have the skills to advance beyond his then current position. His options were limited.
“He expressed his frustration. I said to him, ‘Terence, you need to get some skills. That’s the only way to reach your potential.’
“After researching various trades, Terence decided to join the plumbers apprentice program. In about four years, he graduated as a journeyman plumber.
“Today, as a skilled worker in a high-demand trade, Terence earns well over 3 times the yearly income of young African American males his age. He is now able to provide well for his family. I am convinced beyond a doubt that apprenticeship programs offer an achievable option for men and women in our community to fully enjoy a fulfilling career.”
Ken Bello, project manager
Walsh Construction Co.
Committed to providing opportunities for women and people of color to grow and excel in their craft of choice
“At Hoffman Construction, we want our projects to reflect the diversity of our community. That’s why we are committed to providing opportunities for women and people of color — not only to grow, but to excel in their craft of choice.
“This commitment includes providing safe, welcoming jobsites, formal and informal mentoring programs, and support for pre-apprenticeship programs that target minority and historically disadvantaged populations.
“Hoffman is always looking for talented, hard-working people who like to be outside, working with their hands. Whether we are building a world-class laboratory for healing and discovery, a brand new sports stadium, or a condo tower — we need a skilled and educated workforce.”