Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Office Director Tara Loew visited the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region in Philadelphia to promote the valuable role apprenticeship programs play in developing and building up the commonwealth’s workforce.

From the PA Pressroom:

“Ensuring that businesses have the qualified workers they need and that employees are prepared for the jobs of today is a top priority of the Wolf Administration,” said ATO Director Loew. “Registered apprenticeship programs, like the one at FTI, allow commonwealth workers to remain gainfully employed while learning valuable skills and completing their education. These opportunities are invaluable in today’s economy not only for our workforce, but to ensure that companies looking to hire have access to the highly skilled employees they need.”

Registered apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages. …

“The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region is dedicated to creating a highly skilled, educated, and safe workforce built on quality, pride, and progressive training,” said FTI Financial Controller Kara Peters. “FTI prides itself on providing rigorous academic standards combined with industry-relevant hands-on training that leads to family sustaining careers, or additional education opportunities, for graduate apprentices.”

FTI supplies area contractors with the most highly skilled craftspeople in the construction industry, particularly for the six industries for which they have apprenticeship standards registered: architectural glass & metal installers, coatings applicator specialist, commercial paint & wall covering, drywall finishing, glassworkers, and multi-craft decorators. FTI designs programs that produce some of the best journeypersons, supervisors, and project managers in North America.