Aneja Kemp, 2nd-year pile driver apprentice in Baltimore, started her career in piledriving after completing the Sisters in the Brotherhood Pre-Apprentice Program in December 2016.
Kemp previously studied Mechanical Engineering and Information Technology at Old Dominion University. During her college career, she worked a number of jobs, including as a retail cashier for Pet Smart and at a local casino. She then received information about the pre-apprentice program and decided to start a career as a Union piledriver.
“The Sisters in the Brotherhood Program welcomed me with open arms,” said Kemp. “They really take the time to make sure that you have everything that you need to succeed in your career and life.”
During her time as a carpenter, Kemp learned a number of aspects that help her both personally and professionally. The SIB Program offers training from skilled instructors, as well as mentorship from Sisters who have over 25 years’ experience in carpentry.
“There is plenty of room to grow and advance,” said Kemp. “I’m only 24 years old and I’ve already learned a lot of information about my trade. They prepare you to receive new certifications and it keeps your mental and physical tools sharp.”
The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) Pre-Apprentice Program is an eight-week training course that prepares women to become carpenter apprentices. The 40-hour per week course trains women carpenters in a variety of in-class curriculum and hands-on training in mathematics, occupational safety and hazards, hand/power tool training and job-site culture. After successful completion of the program, women carpenters graduate to the NRCC Apprenticeship program.
To learn more about the Sisters in the Brotherhood Pre-Apprentice Program in Baltimore on January 8th, please visit: http://www.northeastcarpenters.org/baltimore_pre_apprentice_program