April 2012

National Training Fund to Hold Apprentice Competition

The National Training Fund Trustees have announced that the Iron Workers and Employers Apprenticeship and Training Coordinator and JAC/TIC member meeting and the Outstanding Apprentice Competition will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23, 2012.

The meeting and competition will be hosted by the District Council of Southern Ohio and Vicinity. Accommodations will be at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. The competition will be held at the Ironworkers Local Union No. 22 training facility in Indianapolis.

The meeting of the apprenticeship coordinators and JAC/TIC members will be on Thursday and Friday at the hotel. National Training Fund and IMPACT staff members are developing an exciting agenda for this important meeting.

A special leadership development session for the apprentice competitors will be held on Friday morning at the hotel. This leadership session, entitled “Your Topping Out Ceremony: Leadership Skills for Ironworkers” will focus on how these outstanding apprentices can leverage their success as an apprentice into a successful career as a journeyman ironworker.

New for this competition is that the written examination for the apprentices will be conducted on Friday afternoon at the hotel. The remaining contests will be on Saturday and Sunday at the Local 22 training center.

To prepare apprentices for the competition it is important that the national contest guidelines be used for local and district council competitions. The guidelines for the current contests can be found on the Iron Worker’s website. Go to www.ironworkers.org and click on the Training link, and then click on the Apprenticeship Competition.

The awards ceremony and dinner will be held at the hotel on Sunday, September 23 from 6:00–10:00 PM.

Local unions will be receiving much more information on these important events in the near future.
We are confident that the meeting of the apprenticeship coordinators and JAC/TIC members and the Outstanding Apprentice Competition will not only be successful, but that they will continue to strengthen our apprentice training system to meet the needs of our employers.

For our employers a safe and healthy workforce equals lower insurance premiums and a greater ability to secure work for our members. Thus, let us continue to train and work safe at the training center, on the job, and working on a home project!