flexiblefullpage - default
interstitial1 - interstitial
Currently Reading

Maine to Train Carpenters

Advertisement
billboard -
Business

Maine to Train Carpenters

The state is taking steps to combat the labor shortage


By By James F. McClister May 18, 2017
carpenters tool
This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Pro Remodeler.

This article was updated on May 26, 2017, with some additional details about program pricing.

Ask any remodeler, any builder, anybody in the trades, really, and they’ll tell you the same thing: skilled labor is hard to find. But the shortage is nothing new. It’s been going on for years, and has lead to a growing effort to enlist and train new laborers. The latest of those efforts is taking place in Maine, where the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Maine is sponsoring a residential carpenter apprenticeship program that’s recently been approved by Maine’s labor department.

The coursework is going to be extensive. Over two years, enrollees will receive 4,000 hours of paid, on-the-job training, as well as 288 hours of classroom instruction, with coursework developed by the Home Builders Institute, the training arm of the National Association of Home Builders. According to a post by the NAHB, the program will cover “all of the basic aspects of the carpentry trade, including proper tool and equipment use, safety, rough framing, (and) exterior and interior finishing.”

According to Ashley Richards, executive officer at Home Builders and Remodelers Asssociation of Maine, the cost of tuition for the program is $2,400 per year, of which the state will reimburse 50 percent, up to $1,200. Association members who participate in the program will also receive a $600 credit, bringing the net cost per year per apprentice who is working for a builder or remodeler member to $600. Tuition can be paid by the employer, by the apprentice, or a combination of both. Some apprentices may be eligible for scholarships, and veterans are eligible and are encouraged to apply. Veterans who receive GI benefits for enrolling in the apprenticeship program will not be charged tuition.

Tags


written by

James F. McClister

James McClister is managing editor for Professional Remodeler.

Related Stories

Why I Hired a Recruiter

Here’s how and why a remodeling business owner chose the recruiter route

5 Things To Do About "It"

Although the changing economy and resulting consumer behaviors may feel out of your control, there are still a few impactful things you can do

Does Encouragement Really Matter?

Home improvement industry leader Brian Gottlieb shares the importance of encouragement for any business

Tips to Get Started on Your Exit Strategy

It’s never too early to begin planning the next stage of your life. Industry advisor Mark Richardson offers some tips to get started

The Pinnacle Experience Delivers the Must-Attend Event of 2022

The happening unveils a fresh, innovative format ensuring more value, excitement, knowledge, and fun – but none of what is boring about conventional-style conventions.

Are You a Farmer or a Hunter?

Industry advisor Mark Richardson says that over the last year, there’s been a major shift in the remodeling business from a farming mentality to a hunting skill set

A Stressful Purchase: Remodeling in Times of Uncertainty

How should remodelers react to anxious consumers? Director of Content Erika Mosse shares her experience

The Argument for a Four Day Remodeling Work Week

The four-day work week has a global spotlight—could it work in remodeling?

How We Nurture Trade Partner Relationships

Here's what the director of production of a $36 million company does to strengthen trade partner relationships

5 Client Red Flags to Watch

Using these guidelines in the first meeting can save a lot of time and energy down the road

Advertisement
boombox1 -
Advertisement
native1 -

More in Category


Business

5 Things To Do About "It"

Although the changing economy and resulting consumer behaviors may feel out of your control, there are still a few impactful things you can do



Advertisement
native2 -
Advertisement
halfpage1 -