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We all know that ignorance is a jail, most
often a social jail. Anybody who has ever run
a team knows how much easier it is to have
qualified colleagues/workers who can work
independently without much supervision.
Travel in 21st century can be easily associated with diversity. In today's western world,
similar work techniques can be found everywhere. The diversity relies more in the type
of work each shops specializes in, rather than
in their geographical location.
I would like to insist on the fact that one
should not see the guild of Les Compagnons as
only an old world tradition. The value system of
Les Compagnons has something very universal,
I should write naturally. It is not a tradition looking toward the past, but rather the future with
4,800 apprentices in 30 different trades and a
total of 3,230 young workers traveling for an
average of six years after their apprenticeship.
So the main goal can come down to this-
diversity. Diversity imposed on young workers
as an attempt to broaden their horizons, and
prevent them from thinking too early on that
they made it. When you value diversity, you
get to compare yourself with others. This helps
you situate yourself on the scale of knowledge,
what you know, and what you still have to
learn. Diversity also expands what they think
the trade might be.
As previously mentioned, the guild of Les
Compagnons is an old European tradition. Its
principles, in my opinion, are as universal as
the Ten Commandments and do not belong to a
specific geographical location. They could be
valid in any part of the world where hard work
and search of knowledge is valued.
I am not trying to convince anybody that the
Compagnon system is perfect. As any human
organization, it is only as good as its members
are. I have written this article with one goal
in mind: Start a conversation on how we can
better the members of our trade and attract
the next generation of young workers. My
dream is that the trade finds new ways to do
more and do things better-ALL TOGETHER.
Sharing the specifics of each metal business
does not mean giving them up.
I hope this article will generate reactions
and also start a conversation among the members of NOMMA. Below are a few ideas that
I hope will help lay out a basic road map of
what can be done.
What can we do to attract potential young
workers at the High School level? Smart, educated kids will become better workers.

What can we offer them as an alternative to
going to college? Do we have a program that
parents who are concerned about the future of
their kids will trust as it looks serious enough?
What is available today as an apprenticeship program in the United States?
Beyond apprenticeship, where can young
workers go to get a training session on a specific topic (Ex: curved railing templating)?
Do we have an established curriculum
with benchmark levels of qualifications?
How about a qualification scale to use next

time a potential employee visits you looking
for employment?
ABOVE ALL: Do you agree with my concerns, and are you willing to start a conversation about this topic at a National level?
If you are interested in joining me in a discussion about this topic, please chat with
me on NOMMA's blog. I look forward to our
future conversations.
Jacky Dupont, active member of "Les Compagnons du Devoir"

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017

President’s Letter
Letter From the Executive Director
NOMMA Network
NOMMA Education Foundation
Apprenticeships: Getting Involved With Worker Training
The Collective Mind Gate Series–Part V
Shining Light: How to Work With Illuminated Handrails
Sole Proprietorship or Corporation?
Employment Lawsuits Happen
Supplier Members
New & Returning NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
Gold Members
Landscape Architect to Blacksmith to Soon-to-Be Preacher
Index of Advertisers
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Intro
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - cover1
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - cover2
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 3
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 4
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 5
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 6
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 7
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 8
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - President’s Letter
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 10
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Letter From the Executive Director
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - NOMMA Network
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 13
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - NOMMA Education Foundation
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 15
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 16
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 17
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 18
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 19
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Apprenticeships: Getting Involved With Worker Training
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 21
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 22
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 27
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 28
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 29
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - The Collective Mind Gate Series–Part V
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 31
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 32
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 33
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Shining Light: How to Work With Illuminated Handrails
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 35
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 36
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 37
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 38
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 39
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 40
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Sole Proprietorship or Corporation?
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 42
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 43
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Employment Lawsuits Happen
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 45
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 46
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Supplier Members
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 48
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - New & Returning NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 50
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Gold Members
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Landscape Architect to Blacksmith to Soon-to-Be Preacher
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Index of Advertisers
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 54
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