Philadelphia School District expands program that hires, trains maintenance workers

The search is on for more apprentices. 

Mike Dougherty
April 28, 2018 - 10:00 pm
Mayor Jim Kenney is a full supporter of the School District of Philadelphia maintenance apprenticeship program.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - Six young men who graduated from public schools in Philadelphia are about to complete their first year in trade apprenticeships within the school district's maintenance department. 

It's been so successful the district is expanding the program and searching for more apprentices. 

Look at Derek Beaudry for example. He is earning money while learning.

"I was always interested in electrical, but I'm learning way more than I thought was out there," Beaudry told KYW Newsradio.

He and his fellow apprentices love the program so much they encouraged city officials to add 18 more this year.

Current apprentices in the School District of Philadelphia maintenance program are wearing grey in the front row.
Mike Dougherty-KYW Newsradio

Superintendent William Hite says the district has shortages in these areas, so it's a perfect fit.

"So this is really important to us and it just gives the young men another pathway," said Hite.

That alternative pathway is something Mayor Jim Kenney has long believed is important to raising the next generation.

"I can't hammer a nail or hand a piece of sheetrock," said Mayor Kenney. "I'm scared to death to look under the hood of a car. So we need folks who are going to move in that direction and fill the jobs that are out there and open."

To apply, click here. The deadline is May 12th.