TIP Sheet for June 2016

We have an excellent opportunity coming up for Apprenticeship placement with Sheetmetal 104. Testing and applications must be completed in person at 1939 Market Street, San Francisco on the first or third Tuesday of each month. Registration takes place from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. and the next registration will be Tuesday June 21st.

Please see the Sheetmetal Flyer.

Minimum qualification at the time of application:

  • 18 years of age or older or 17 with a parent or legal guardians signature
  • Photo identification, such as a valid driver’s license, passport, or state issued photo I.D.
  • High School Diploma, transcript, G.E.D. or High School Proficiency test in English translation
  • Physically able to perform the work of the trade

The Ironworkers are offering 3 weeks of FREE hands on training AND the opportunity to meet with local signatory contractors. There is a mandatory orientation coming up on Tuesday July 5th, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Ironworkers Training Facility in Benicia.

Course runs from  July 25 to August 12, 2016. All events are held at the Ironworkers Training facility, 3150 Bayshore Road, benicia.

Please see the Ironworkers Class.


TIP Certificate Is Ticket to the Trades

Twenty-four students are expected to join Dan Pasini’s class at the College of San Mateo this July. They will spend five months learning the basics of the building and construction trades, while sharpening their math skills, to prepare for entrance into a certified apprenticeship program.

Dan Pasini brings his knowledge of the trades to TIP

Dan Pasini brings his knowledge of the construction trades to the TIP class

Pasini is teaching his sixth TIP San Mateo class. Dan is a journey electrician and an extremely effective instructor. Over 85% of the students who begin the five month course graduate, and over 50% of the graduates have found placement in a certified union apprenticeship program in the Bay Area. Read more

TIP Sheet: BART training program

BARTBART is collaborating with several community colleges to train students to become Train Control Electronic Technicians and Transit Vehicle Electronic Technicians.

The 18-month program will run four semesters, from the summer of 2016 through the fall of 2017. You will receive college credits for the classes you complete, and at the end of this program, students will receive a certificate of completion.

Please note that BART does not guarantee employment upon completion of the program. However, the certificate is an accepted certificate in electronics and there are other transit agencies and private companies that need these skill sets.

Participating community colleges are:

  • Chabot College in Hayward,
  • City College of San Francisco,
  • College of San Mateo,
  • Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, and
  • Los Medanos College in Pittsburgh.

Please contact one of the BART Training Program College Coordinators (PDF) if you are interested in applying to this program.

TIP Sheet: Stationary Engineers Accepting Applications

San Francisco Stationary Engineers are accepting applications for their apprenticeship program for one week only — from Monday May 23rd through Friday May 27th. If interested, visit their office, 560 Barneveld Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon.

The training program includes the positions of stationary engineer, waste water and water treatment plant operator, and biomedical equipment technician.

You must be at least 18 years old to apply. Be sure to bring a valid picture I.D. — drivers license or passport — and verification that you’ve graduated high school, earned a High School Proficiency Certificate or G.E.D. at the time of application. Documents must be in English.

For more information, please download Stationary Engineers Announcement (PDF), or call 415-285-3939.

TIP Sheet for May: Apprenticeship Program Openings

plasterersPlasterers Local 66 is now offering direct entry into their apprenticeship program for TIP graduates. Please send an email to apprentice@plastererslocal66.com, or call 650.827-1451.

Minimum requirements for the Plasterers apprenticeship program:

  • 18 years of age or older,
  • High school diploma, G.E.D. certificate, or equivalent, and
  • Valid California Driver’s License or valid California ID.

If you need any further assistance in applying to an apprenticeship program, please contact Marie Chang at 650.572.9920.

TIP Sheet: Apprenticeship Programs Taking Applications

The following apprenticeship programs are open, as of April, 2016. If you are a graduate of the Trades Introduction Program, TIP, please remember to let us know if you’ve applied to any of these programs. Simply reply to this email or call 650.572.9920 to leave us a message.

The SMC Union Community Alliance will start the next TIP class in July, 2016. If you are interested in joining the program, call Rayna Lehman at 650.341.7711, or download our TIP flyer (PDF).

IBEW 617 is taking applications on the THIRD Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM sharp. Applications must be filled out in person at the training center. Bring a valid California driver’s license to 625 Industrial Road, San Carlos. Additional information regarding the application process will be provided at that time.

For more information, contact the IBEW 617 program.

Sheetmetal 104 is taking applications on the FIRST or THIRD Tuesday of each month. Registration takes place between 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and applications must be filled out in person. Applicants should plan on being at the facility for at least an hour or more. For San Mateo and San Francisco counties, please go to the training center located at 1939 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. For Alameda and Contra Costa counties, please go to the training center located at 1700 Marina Boulevard, San Leandro, CA 94577.

For more information about the application process and requirements, contact Sheetmetal 104.

District Council 16 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades is currently accepting applications. Please call District Council 16 Training Center at 510.785.8467 for more information and to schedule an appointment. Applications and exams are given at 2020 Williams Street, Suite A, San Leandro, CA 94577. Testing space is limited so you must make an appointment for these exams::

  • Painters, Tapers, Highway Stripers: second Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m.
  • Floor Coverers: second Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m.
  • Glaziers: first Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m.

Plasterers 66 is currently accepting applications for their apprenticeship program. If you are interested, send an email to apprentice@plastererslocal66.com or you can call 650.827.1451.

The Value of Apprenticeships by Sean McGarvey

Published on the San Francisco Chronicle website on 11/4/2015

Debt-free degrees are a pipe dream — but not the kind you’re thinking of. Each year, 170,000 Americans enroll in apprenticeship programs to learn trades — such as pipe-fitting, bricklaying and plumbing — that will catapult them to the middle class. These tradesmen-in-training not only avoid crippling student debt, they “earn while they learn.” And because apprenticeships are privately funded, they do so without costing taxpayers a dime.

There’s no better time to scale up apprenticeships. The gap between American employer demands and American workforce talent is large and growing. According to a survey of about 850 small-business owners and corporate executives, one-third of businesses can’t find the right job candidates. That number is increasing from a couple of years ago.

This skills gap could grow to economically disastrous proportions. According to research from Georgetown University, the United States will be short 5 million well-qualified workers by the end of the decade. Meanwhile, student debt is ballooning.

For the average young person, an apprenticeship with a firm is a much more cost-effective way of acquiring job skills than a traditional college degree. Rather than acquire debt, apprentices earn wages that amount to 50 to 60 percent of a certified tradesman. Once apprentices graduate, they often land starting salaries of $50,000 a year, according to the Department of Labor.

The personal payoff only gets better: An average apprenticeship program graduate is one-quarter of a million dollars richer, in lifetime wages, than a comparable worker without such training.

Meanwhile, newly minted college grads face, on average, a crushing $30,000 loan burden. That lump sum has gotten 25 percent heftier since 2008. Threequarters of alumni of private, nonprofit colleges have student loans, and nearly 90 percent of alums from for-profit schools do.

Apprenticeships don’t have to replace the college experience. In fact, an apprentice who wants to head back to college already has a head start. In the building trades, apprentices can apply their training toward a traditional associate or bachelor’s degree.

Apprenticeship programs also deliver significant value for employers. The average employer sees returns of as much as $3 for every $1 invested in training. Those gains arise because craft laborers are more productive, work more safely and deliver top-notch workmanship.

In short, apprentices are a win-win. Employers get workers who are adaptable enough to meet the exact needs of specific construction projects, and apprentices develop the in-demand skills that lead to secure employment.

Perhaps no group benefits as much from apprenticeship programs as our nation’s military veterans. Through our “Helmets to Hardhats” program, we are helping these warriors transition back into civilian life.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, policymakers should turn to a training infrastructure that’s worked for decades. For a thriving economy, we need to double the number of American apprentices.

Citizens should press their governments and community-based organizations to partner with their local building trades unions to enact robust apprenticeship readiness programs—especially ones that give communities of color, women and veterans a leg up on the ladder to the middle class.

It’s time our leaders embrace and expand access to the “other four-year degree.”

Sean McGarvey is the president of North America’s Building Trades Unions, which operates more than 1,600 training centers across the United States. These centers are privately funded by members and contractor partners through collectively bargained contributions in excess of $1 billion per year.

Link to the article: http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Apprenticeships-offer-debt-free-job-training-6611434.php

Learn a Trade at the Building Trades Introduction Program

TIP San Mateo is a certificated pre apprenticeship course that prepares trainees for a career in the construction trades. The free course exposes students to a wide variety of green building trades and prepares them for an apprenticeship position, based on their skills and interests.

Disadvantaged youth and minorities, women, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please contact Rayna Lehman, 650 341-7711 for more information

TIP Orientation Meeting

for the Trades Introductory Program

Saturday, July 18 2015 | 9 a.m. to Noon

IBEW Local 617 Union Hall

1701 Leslie St., San Mateo

Meeting is Mandatory | Course is Free

Trades Introduction Program Graduates its Second Class

With funding from Prop 39 and PG&E, SMCUCA’s Trades Introduction Program (TIP) graduated a second class of pre-apprentices on International Workers’ Day, May 1, 2015.

Nearly 100 friends and family came to cheer the graduates.
The TIP class includes hands on training. ApprenticeshipCoordinators come to make class presentations and get to know the students.

The next class starts on May 6th and applications are currently open for the fall class.

Call Rayna Lehman for information about the program at 650-341-7711