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Sheet metal Explorer Post introduces high schoolers to trade

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FAIRFAX, Va.  – There is a time, once a month, where apprentices at Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 36 in St. Louis are the teachers instead of the students. It’s a time when they get to demonstrate what they’ve learned, practice mentoring the next generation and show off their trade. Continue reading “Sheet metal Explorer Post introduces high schoolers to trade”

Sheet metal workers, Helmets to Hardhats help veterans find careers

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Software bridge allows interested veterans to directly connect with apprenticeships

FAIRFAX, Va. – The International Training Institute (ITI) and Helmets to Hardhats recently announced a partnership to help give honorably discharged veterans a better chance at finding a career with the unionized sheet metal and air conditioning industry. Continue reading “Sheet metal workers, Helmets to Hardhats help veterans find careers”

Architectural work a source of pride for sheet metal workers

Architectural sheet metalNo matter their location, what projects they’ve worked on or how long they’ve been in the trade, architectural sheet metal workers have one thing in common – pride. This is a trait held by all sheet metal workers; however, in the architectural specialty, it takes on a different meaning. Continue reading “Architectural work a source of pride for sheet metal workers”

Online learning portal brings ITI classes to members

Not long ago, the idea of online learning for sheet metal workers seemed like an unattainable goal. With hands-on experience as the crux of the trade, how could online learning help apprentices gain their education and journeymen continue it without a classroom, books and an instructor in a live environment? Continue reading “Online learning portal brings ITI classes to members”

St. Louis training center networking, making connections to benefit students

Networking and business-to-business marketing is a popular strategy, linking thousands of business owners and organizations and creating partnerships across the economic landscape. In St. Louis, the training center at Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 36 has taken the strategy and used it as a tool to educate the business and academic communities about unionized sheet metal higher education. Continue reading “St. Louis training center networking, making connections to benefit students”

Sheet metal workers view certifications as way to continue education

In college, students take classes to achieve their degrees, and after graduation often participate in workshops and earn additional degrees and certifications to keep the knowledge of their chosen career fresh and current. It’s should be no different for sheet metal workers.

In a post-recession world when contractors can scale back when the work is low and hire when the demand is high, continuing education could be the key to employment. Continue reading “Sheet metal workers view certifications as way to continue education”

SMOHIT partners with Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to bring information, support to members

The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) has partnered with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to better educate sheet metal workers about mesothelioma and assist with treatment in the case of diagnosis. Continue reading “SMOHIT partners with Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to bring information, support to members”

SMOHIT announces winners of first Safety Design Contest

Three winners illustrate how safety, career work well together

FAIRFAX, Va.  – On the heels of the first SMOHIT Safety Conference, the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) put out the call to sheet metal workers for the inaugural Safety Design Contest. Members were encouraged to submit a graphic design – no matter how rough or detailed – and a slogan to convey the importance of safety in the workplace. Continue reading “SMOHIT announces winners of first Safety Design Contest”

Sheet metal workers mark first National Apprenticeship Week

This year marked the first National Apprenticeship Week, created by the Department of Labor to raise awareness of the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative. Celebrated Nov. 2-6, the week served as a call to action to increase the use of registered apprenticeships, educate the American public about this form of higher education and expand a talented, skilled workforce in more than 1,000 occupations. Continue reading “Sheet metal workers mark first National Apprenticeship Week”

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