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NJ Carpenters Training Program Aims To Help High School Students Build A Career
The KML Regional Council of Carpenters Union is helping students evolve into a sustainable career as a carpenter through The Youth Transition To Work (YTTW) program and through Career Connections.
Published On: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The KML Regional Council of Carpenters Union is helping students evolve into a sustainable career as a carpenter through The Youth Transition To Work (YTTW) program and through Career Connections. 

YTTW is a state-funded program to provide high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to transition into skilled, labor intensive occupation after graduation. YTTW is offered through the Edison and Hammonton Carpenters Training Center’s to current students attending Middlesex County Vocational & Technical School, Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Atlantic County Institute of Technology and Gateway Regional High School. The training center provides training materials for the schools, along with carpenter tools and boots for each senior.

The Career Connections program, created by the Carpenters International Training Fund, also introduces juniors and seniors to the craft and trade of carpentry. This program is available to all schools in the KML area that sign an articulation agreement with the union’s Career Connection program. Students are tasked to complete 5 different books of curriculum developed by the United Brother of Carpenters and Joiners Training Facility in Las Vegas, NV, which includes:

  • Math For The Trades
  • Carpentry project books one, two and three
  • One Trade, Many Crafts book
Students selected for the Career Connections program will receive a one-year credit of school time towards the required 4-year union carpentry apprenticeship training. They will also have the opportunity to spend their 4th year finishing their training on the job site to complete their apprenticeship.

“It’s a beneficial program for everyone,” said Tom Sommers, KML’s Director of Outreach & Development, “We are looking for the top men and women, which will offer union contractors a better pool of applicants to work with.”

These programs answer everything that would be covered during their first year as an apprentice, making them more qualified to evolve to the journeyman level.


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