On Feb. 5, FOX 40 WICZ-TV featured a story on the first Sisters in the Brotherhood Pre-Apprentice Information Session that is being offered to women interested in carpentry in the Binghamton, N.Y. area. The free 6-week program prepares women for a 5-year apprenticeship in the Carpenters’ Union and teaches everything from math and safety procedures to power tool training and basic carpentry concepts.
The first training program is set to begin March 19.
From FOX 40 WICZ: "Women and men might not have thought, ‘Oh this would be a great career option for a woman,'" said NRCC Council Representative and Sisters in the Brotherhood Chair Susan Shultz. "Sometimes we’ve heard from women that say, ‘I wish this was around 10, 20, 30 years ago because this is something that interests me.’"
The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, one of the largest trade unions on the east coast representing thousands of hardworking men and women throughout the Northeast, aims to continually offer Sisters in the Brotherhood Pre-Apprentice Information Sessions and training opportunities to women in Binghamton due to the area's tremendous potential for employment in the construction field. Upon graduation, the Sisters would have several options to find work and utilize their new skillset.
The next info session will be on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. at the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Training Center in Binghamton.