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IN Firm Launches Floor Covering Apprenticeship

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Indiana-based commercial flooring contractor Jack Laurie Group recently announced that it has teamed up with the Associated Builders and Contractors to offer the nation’s only merit shop floor covering apprenticeship program.

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Indiana-based commercial flooring contractor Jack Laurie Group recently announced that it has teamed up with the Associated Builders and Contractors to offer the nation’s only merit shop floor covering apprenticeship program.

Aimed to boost the numbers of skilled floor covering installers, the group developed a four-year curriculum—with the help of the Flooring Contractors Association—that ends with a certification.

And, because the program received a grant from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, an associate’s degree from Vincennes University is also an option.

Participants in the program are paid for on-the-job training, the organization says, noting that a minimum rate of pay is guaranteed for the duration of the program.

"This is a huge opportunity for the entire construction industry and the men and women who strive to make it their profession, and we are optimistic about the impact the program will have on the local economy," said Tom Postell, JLG vice president of operations and chief architect of the program.

The program is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor as an official apprenticeship, making it the first time the DOL has approved such a program in Indiana created by a private employer.

The curriculum includes classroom, lab and field training requiring 8,000 on-the-job hours and 576 classroom and lab hours. Though tuition is free, participants must have a high school diploma or GED.

   

Tagged categories: Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC); Education; Floors; Floors; Good Technical Practice; North America

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