The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) announced that it has received formal acceptance into the National Apprenticeship System from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In a letter dated May 23, the DOL informed NTCA that its National Guidelines for Apprenticeship had been reviewed and found to be in compliance.
The NTCA Apprenticeship Guidelines Program, which combines field experience with online learning and designated classroom training, is designed to provide members an opportunity to attract new skilled labor into the ceramic tile industry. The program will offer guidance to NTCA members in developing their own tile finishers and tile setters apprenticeship programs.
“A primary strategic goal of the NTCA is to provide our membership with resources to recruit and train new and existing employees,” said Bart Bettiga, NTCA executive director. “These apprenticeship guidelines are so important because without a formal career path outline to a prospective worker, it is hard to compete with other industries who are vying for these same individuals.”
Becky Serbin, NTCA education and curriculum director, has been working with volunteer leaders and supporters to develop NTCA’s apprenticeship guidelines program. “This program will allow us to navigate our members through their individual apprenticeship application process. We are looking forward to working with our members to attract and train new talent into the industry,” she stated.
Currently, assistance in developing apprenticeship programs is available only to NTCA members. However, potential apprentices do not have to be members.
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