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Omaha Steve's Labor Group

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Sherman A1

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Wed Mar 16, 2022, 10:22 AM Mar 2022

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Teams Up with Union Apprentice Program for Offshore Wind [View all]

With the passing of the historic infrastructure bill in August 2021, the backbone of the United States will undergo a transformation over the next several years, and for this, workers will be needed in all facets of the construction industry.

Building Pathways South (BPS), a pre-apprenticeship program in Southeastern Massachusetts, is preparing young adults for opportunities available today as well as down the road, including in the growing U.S. offshore wind industry.

Yvonne Tobey, Program Manager, BPS, has been opening doors for many people interested in joining the building trades over the last five years. Through the organization’s “Introduction to Construction” program, young adults are provided with an overview of the various trades that make up the construction industry, such as the ironworkers, plumbers, bricklayers, and pipefitters just to name a few. Participants also receive job skills training as well as coaching and counseling to be successful. “My goal is that every individual who participates in our program lands a union apprenticeship in the trade they want,” Tobey said. “The opportunities are available, and our role is to help deserving men and women get started on a path to success.”

Introduction to Offshore wind

With the wind farms being built offshore Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and understanding that $100 billion for electric power generation and transmission, including clean energy, is earmarked in the infrastructure bill, Tobey knew she needed to introduce her students to this opportunity.


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