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Sheet metal workers local 83 looking for apprentices

STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff | 6/14/2013, 5:05 p.m.

If you're looking for work and interested in getting physical, the Capital District Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Local 83 started conducting recruitment for six sheet metal worker apprentices.

According to New York State Labor commissioner Peter M. Rivera, the recruitment process, which began on June 3, will run until May 19, 2014.

Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the commissioner. Under state law, the sponsors of these programs can't discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability or marital status. With sponsors of programs required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities, the aforementioned groups are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs.

The applications can be obtained online at www.smwlocal83.org or at Local Union 83's office at 718 Third St. in Albany, N.Y., from 8 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on each Monday of the month during the recruitment period, excluding legal holidays. Applications won't be accepted on Sept. 2 and Nov. 11.

According to Local 83 President and Business Manager Mark Landau, the committee requires that applicants meet qualifications that include being at least 18 years old, having a high school diploma/GED with a passing grade in Algebra, Math I or a minimum of 47 on the GED Math exam, be physically able to perform the work required, have a driver's license and reliable means of transportation to and from work/apprentice school and must have resided in one of the following jurisdictions for at least six months prior to application: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington.

Apprentices at Local 83 work during the day for a union contractor and attend classes in the evening for a five-year period. The apprentice receives a minimum of 8,000 hours on-the-job training and 940 hours of classroom training starting at a wage $15.60 per hour with benefits. Currently, Local 83 Journeymen receive a wage of $29.78 per hour with benefits. Apprentices are required to purchase their own hand tools and drafting kits.

When asked if there was anything else the public needed to know about the apprenticeship, Landau said, "Nope. That's about it."