Labor leaders in Philly to build new facility to provide cutting edge training

Paul Kurtz
December 06, 2018 - 5:33 pm
Philadelphia labor leaders have broken ground in North Philadelphia for a facility that takes a new approach in preparing people for careers in the building trades.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia labor leaders have broken ground in North Philadelphia for a facility that takes a new approach in preparing people for careers in the building trades. 

When construction is complete, Laborers District Council Business Manager Ryan Boyer says the new Training and Learning Center on North Broad Street will offer would-be apprentices everything they need to succeed. From training in basic life lessons, such as the importance of showing up to work on time, making good decisions and avoiding drugs, to classroom learning.     

"Temple's gonna help us with all the hard educational skills, help people improve their reading and math skills so that they can get ready to take the apprenticeship for any trade," he said.  

Philadelphia labor leaders have broken ground in North Philadelphia for a facility that takes a new approach in preparing people for careers in the building trades.
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Electrical Workers leader John Dougherty believes the Center will churn out apprentices who are much better prepared.  

"We bump into a lot of issues with kids not reading and performing at the level that some of the other kids they compete with are, so this will level that playing field," he said. 

The Center is scheduled to open in late 2020.