EAGLE COUNTY — The Gallegos Corporation recently created an apprenticeship program for concrete and masonry trades. The company began the program to ensure it can meet future staffing needs with skilled tradesmen. The programs also address a need in Eagle County for skilled labor training for recent high school graduates.
“As we discussed adding the apprenticeship programs, it became evident that this would help Eagle County residents, as well as be a benefit to our employees and company,” Gallegos CEO Gary Woodworth said. “The Gallegos Corporation has always been active with the youth in our communities, and this builds on where most of our other efforts have ended, which is at high school graduation.”
SHORTAGE OF SKILLED TRADESMEN
The need for skilled tradesmen is not exclusive to our area, according to recent construction industry studies. It is predicted there will be a shortage of skilled tradesmen that exceeds 2 million employees nationwide by the end of next year. During the coming years, The Gallegos Corporation will be adding additional trades in all of the regions in which it operates.
The concrete apprenticeship program was developed through cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor and National Center for Construction Education and Research. The Gallegos Corporation became an accredited training sponsor and the program is taught in-house. Six Gallegos employees are certified instructors of the program and three are certified master trainers. The Gallegos Corporation teaches the CORE Curriculum, which includes OSHA-10, basic hand tools and power tools, construction math, plan reading and materials handling during the first semester. The classes began Sept. 5 with 14 concrete apprentices in the Vail area.
The masonry apprenticeship program is administered through The Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute and Construction Institute Training Council in Denver.
The Gallegos Corporation is headquartered in Wolcott and has regional offices in Aspen and Denver. To learn more, call 970-926-3737 or go to www.gallegoscorp.com.