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JATF Update

JATF APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING

TEACHING ON-THE-JOB SKILLS TO ENSURE THE FUTURE OF OUR INDUSTRY

No union member working in the building trades could argue the fact that “the future of our Industry rests in the hands of our apprentices.”  With this in mind, I feel that it is of utmost importance for me to convey to our current Journeymen how critical it is that they grasp and appreciate the vital training role they play in the development of apprentices on the jobsite.  The following information outlines four steps that should be used to ensure the future of our industry.


THE JOURNEYMAN’S RESPONSIBILITY:

STEP 1 – PREPARE THE APPRENTICES

Be sure they understand that they are Our Future!  Explain the job task and determine what the apprentice already knows.  Maintain a relaxed, safe learning environment and ensure that lessons are interesting and understandable for the new apprentices. 

STEP 2 – PRESENT THE JOB TASK

Tell, show and demonstrate, stressing each key point.  Instruct clearly, completely and patiently.

STEP 3 – TRY-OUT PERFORMANCE

Have each apprentice try the job and correct errors as they perform the task for the first time.  Make sure they understand each step.  Continue to allow each apprentice to practice until you are confident that he or she can perform the task correctly and safely.

STEP 4 – FOLLOW-UP

Allow the apprentices to perform the tasks on their own; determine whether they need further assistance. Encourage questions and safe work practices and check performance frequently.  Gradually taper-off on coaching and follow-up as each task is mastered and the apprentice begins to demonstrate confidence and ability with the new skills learned.


AS A JOURNEYMAN, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO COACH, DISCIPLINE AND MENTOR THE APPRENTICE ON THE JOB, RESULTING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROUD, COMPETENT JOURNEYMAN.

- Kevin Barry – Business agent


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CONGRATULATIONS 

TO THIS YEAR'S JATF GRADUATES

Pipefitter

Mr. Jason Drisco


Plumber

Mr. Nicholas Feriola


Sprinkler Fitter

Mr. Stephen LaRusso


Steamfitter

Mr. Ricardo Nunez


Sheet Metal

Mr. Charles W. Cornell, III

Mr. Brett Iavarone

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Awards


Instructor of the Year:

Vincent Rossetti


Highest Grades:

Brett Iavarone


Best Attendance:

Stephen LaRusso

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