Joe Ashdale, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of IUPAT District Council 21, reflects on the vital role of apprenticeship programs for supporting Americans’ livelihoods and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure.
It’s National Apprenticeship Week from November 8-14 — a time to recognize the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy. For decades, union apprenticeships have provided a debt-free path to family-sustaining careers. Now, as our state and the nation prepare for a Joe Biden presidency, union apprenticeships will be more important than ever in getting Americans back to work.
Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan will create millions of jobs focused on rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure, which was given a “D+” rating by the American Society of Civil Engineers. There’s no better way to get Americans back to work than union apprenticeships in the building trades to rebuild our critical infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools and hospitals.