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Bridge to Prosperity


Programs That Bridge You to a Career

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Bridge to Prosperity


Programs That Bridge You to a Career

Training You Need for the Construction Career You Want

Thank you for your interest in the Carpenters Training Fund of Louisiana Programs. We provide career-based training to help our members success in every aspect of their professional life. Please take a moment to see what we have to offer.

 

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High School


CITF Career Connections for High School

High School


CITF Career Connections for High School

The construction trades as a whole is facing a major challenge. With generations of students being pushed to pursue college many high schools have forgotten about the "other four year degree" through registered apprenticeship. The result has limited the steam of young, educated, and motivated adults entering into the skilled trades.

A graying workforce, crumbling infrastructure, high demand, and the lack of skilled labor has created this perfect storm that we are dealing with today. Thankfully, school districts around the country have accepted that too many children are being pushed toward something that only puts them deep in student loan debt with no job opportunities once they graduate with their bachelor's degree.

The Carpenters International Training Fund has made a massive investment developing Career Connections. The curriculum is affordable to high schools and the best training material in the industry. 

“Carpentry is a viable alternative to college, and our goal with this program is to give schools across North America the tools to present that option to their students,” said Carole O'Keefe, coordinator of the program for the UBC. 

Career Connections authors are UBC carpenters from around North America who have both teaching and field experience. Before adding a project to the program, the projects are first built and tested in UBC training centers.

Completing the four-year program provides graduates with a jump-start into their career as a professional union carpenter. Graduates receive advanced placement at UBC Pre-Apprenticeship and/or Apprenticeship Programs throughout North America.

“It’s a win-win for all facets of the construction industry,” O'Keefe said. “Students are presented with a great opportunity, the UBC maintains a pipeline of professional carpenters, and the industry receives highly-skilled professionals for their projects.”

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Pre-Apprenticeship


Registered
Pre-Apprenticeship

Pre-Apprenticeship


Registered
Pre-Apprenticeship

One pathway into our Registered Apprenticeship Program is through pre-apprenticeship.  Pre-apprenticeship is designed to prepare you to enter and succeed in the Registered Apprenticeship Program. We offer two types of pre-apprenticeship. The first is our in-house Pre-Apprenticeship Program.  The second is through our Career & Technical Education partners who offer our curriculum to their high school students. These programs have a documented partnership with us and together, we expand your career pathway opportunities with soft skills and industry-based training coupled with classroom instruction. 

Through pre-apprenticeship, you'll be able to explore the crafts of our trades. Our classes put a focus on improving trade-related literacy, math skills, safety, and work-readiness skills that our contractors value.  Upon completion of your pre-apprenticeship, you will receive advanced credit and direct entry into the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

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Apprenticeship


Registered Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship


Registered Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a great way to develop a pipeline of talented, high-skilled workers to help businesses grow. We want to share information so that more employers understand how apprenticeship can add value to their businesses and provide greater opportunities for their workers.

Our Registered Apprenticeship Program is responsible for training carpenter, millwright, and pile driver apprentices in Louisiana. To get the job done, we train our apprentices at our two state-of-the-art training centers located in the Greater New Orleans Area and Baton Rouge, LA. These two facilities are responsible for training over 350 apprentices during their four year apprenticeship.

Apprentices are responsible for completing four weeks of formal training per year. Training ranges from core skills such as trade-related mathematics, print reading, layout , safety, and communication to specific craft skills in commercial, industrial, and heavy construction applications.

To learn more about Registered Apprenticeship and what our training program has to offer, please CLICK HERE

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Continuing Education


Continuing Education
for Journeymen

Continuing Education


Continuing Education
for Journeymen

Your education in the trades doesn't stop with apprenticeship. As a professional journeymen in your chosen craft, you are responsible for taking advantage of the free upgrade training courses offered to you. This additional training is not only an employable asset to you, but a competitive advantage for your employer. 

By having the best trained members, we can ensure our contractors that you have what it takes to complete their projects safely, on time, and under budget. Certain upgrade training, such as Step Up to UBC Foreman, is offered to fit the needs and schedules of our contractors. The course addresses the leadership role of the foreman as a planner, communicator, production manager, crew supervisor, and problem-solver. Each of these responsibilities is examined in relation to the three main phases of a project: pre-job/job start-up, peak construction, and project close-out--with the importance of safety emphasized throughout.

Skills upgrade courses offered by your local training center include:

  • Aerial Lift
  • ICRA: Best Practices in Healthcare Construction
  • GE Familiarization
  • Human Performance
  • HYTORC
  • Powered Industrial Truck
  • Rigging and Signaling
  • Scaffolding
  • Suspended Scaffolding
  • Welding

Safety courses offered by your local training center include:

  • Bloodbourne Pathogens
  • Confined Space
  • Construction Fall Protection
  • Ergonomics
  • First Aid, CPR, Automated External Defibrillation
  • Hazard Communication
  • Millwright 16 Safety
  • OSHA 10 Safety
  • OSHA 30 Safety