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feature Developing the Future Connecticut training centers ramp up curriculum for the changing jobsite By Sam Barnes Connecticut’s workforce training centers are evolving to meet current jobsite demands, from adopting weatherization curriculum for new green building initiatives to providing specialized training for sensitive medical environments. Richard Christ, apprenticeship and training director for the Connecticut Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program in Yalesville, Conn., says the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America is updating existing curriculum and adding new programs to “rework processes in regards to safety and productivity.” The Connecticut Carpenters training center provides training for Connecticut Locals 24, 43 and 210, and focuses on commercial and highway/heavy construction. The facility’s newest curriculum, Best Practices in Health Care Construction, is quickly becoming its most popular. Health care construction remains vibrant despite the dismal economy, and contractors increasingly find themselves working within existing hospitals. “The curriculum trains these workers for construction in occupied health care facilities,” Christ says. “One of the areas targeted is cross contamination. The goal is to prevent medical contamination from affecting construction workers, while also preventing construction debris from affecting the patients.” 1. 2. 3. 4. In addition to the elimination of potential hazards, the curriculum focuses on a worker’s behavior on the jobsite, since interaction with the hospital staff is often unavoidable. “In Connecticut, about 100 have gone through the program so far,” Christ says. Across the New England region, which includes other facilities in Boston and Millbury, Mass., about 250 have taken the course. “Our contractors are interested in the training because they want to bid these projects, and they feel this will help even if it’s not required. It pays off in the long run.” Before the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners adopted its new health care curriculum at the Yalesville facility, instructors Timothy Moriarty and David Paul were sent to its International Training Center in Las Vegas. Christ says the instructors “brought the whole class back, including the student manual, instructor guides and DVD presentations.” The cost to implement the training was about $20,000. “Most of our training is based on a standardized curriculum that is accepted in all 50 states,” Christ adds. They also adapted a section of their 25,000-square-foot classroom and shop facility to simulate a contaminated health care jobsite. “In the mock facility, we instruct them how to use negative air pressure to keep an area isolated by blocking off air vents and electrical air vents,” Christ says. “We also have props set up where An apprentice completes a tube & clamp scaffold in the scaffold erecting class at the Connecticut Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program. Instructor Mike Lepore leads classroom discussion at the New England Laborers’ Training Academy. An instructor explains the usage of an insulation feeder as part of the new weatherization curriculum at the New England Laborers’ Training Academy. A student installs an isolation barrier during the Best Practices in Health Care Construction class. PHOTO CREDIT: CONNECTICUT CARPENTERS APPRENTICE AND TRAINING PROGRAM PHOTO CREDIT: NE LABORERS’ MEDIA/PR 1 PHOTO CREDIT: NE LABORERS’ MEDIA/PR 3 4 CONNstruction / Summer 2011 / 21 PHOTO CREDIT: CONNECTICUT CARPENTERS APPRENTICE AND TRAINING PROGRAM 2

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2011

CONNstruction - Summer 2011
Restoring Craftsmanship
How Hiring Preference Laws Could Impair Quality Craftsmanship
The Disappointing Performance of the NLRB
Specialty Contractors Benefi t from AGC and Vice Versa
New Life for Old Buildings
Maintaining the Tradition
Developing the FutureDeveloping the Future
New Perils for Contractors in the ‘Greening’ of Connecticut
The Associated General Contractors of Connecticut Annual Meeting – February 2011
Senator Richard Blumenthal at CCIA
CONNDOT Paving Conference
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Summer 2011