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RECRUITING THE NEXT GENERATION | WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

see what you have done.” Hartsell said that once a seasoned mason continuous mixing systems eliminate the labor of shoveling and
described a mason as, ‘one with the eye of an artist and mind of an reduces nuisance dust on jobsites. Improvements and technology
engineer’. have not bypassed the masonry industry, in fact they are pushing the
industry forward.
The perception of masonry is that is it hard, physical, dirty work out
in the elements. We need to change this perception. It is physical. It It seems fitting to end this article with the words of a mason. “Someone
can be dirty, and oftentimes puts you outside in fluctuating weather. built this city right here. If you turned and look out the window, that
However, masons know it is hard work, and as a result, are on a con- brick wall right there, someone built with their hands… there’s some-
tinuous track to make it less strenuous. Mast climbing work platforms thing to be said about building a city with your hands ask any mason.
ease reaching and bending. Cranes and all-wheel drive forklifts have That’s something that can’t be taken away from you,” Greg Huntley.
replaced buckets and ropes. Preblended materials, silo delivery and

Prospective Apprentices in Chicago Suburbs Get a Taste of the Craft
The District Council Training Center in Addison, Illinois, which currently has over 550 registered apprentices, has mastered the art of
recruitment. One of their most successful means is through relationship building with local high schools and community colleges. The
training center regularly invites school classes to participate in half-day programs consisting of tours and hands-on activities.
“It’s a great opportunity for us and for them,” said John Flynn, Director and Administrator of the District Council Training Center.
“Rather than a typical career fair where you hand out fliers, we get some tools in their hands – trowels – and get them laying brick
and block and handling the material. Usually we get a real response.” Sometimes, people find right away that it is not for them. “Other
times, it’s ‘wow, this is something that I could enjoy.’ Right away, we give the potential apprentice an idea of what it’s like to work in
the trade. The students that [apply and are accepted] often follow all the way through the program, because [the work and program] is
what they expected it to be. It’s a great tool.”

Recognition Key to Recruiting, Retaining Apprentices in Indiana
Roger Jones, Managing Director, BAC 4 IN/KY Apprenticeship
and Training, knows the power of recognition. He continually
looks for new ways to celebrate the success of his apprentices – and
not just at the local level. This year, three of the program’s appren-
tices qualified and will compete in the 2018 World of Concrete’s
Masonry Skills Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada. Beyond creating
awareness about Local 4 IN/KY’s programs and the quality of
union apprentice training, the recognition bolsters students’ confi-
dence and gives them the opportunity to validate their skills.
Through a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College of In-
diana, apprentices in the program also earn an Associate’s degree
in Applied Science with supplementary online courses.

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