Joiners’ union inaugurates annex to apprenticeship training center in Beijing

BEIJING, Ill. (WMBD) – Local union joins to train next generation of carpenters.

Community leaders and representatives from the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Association transformed the ceremonial ground on Friday to inaugurate an annex of its Beijing learning and training center.

Rob Swegle, program director, said the annex will allow them to train 450 additional apprentices per year. It should last between 10 months and a year.

“This will give us more opportunities to teach our apprentices and journeypersons the latest skills, the latest technologies,” he said.

Roy Eash, carpenter superintendent at Carpenters Local 237, graduated from the program in 1997. He said the campus was a quarter the size when he was there and he is happy to see him continue to grow. grow.

“The future is amazing for all future apprentices,” he said. “With apprenticeship to be a carpenter, you are the best trained and you can travel anywhere with this card, and get accepted and hired.”

Gary Perinar, executive secretary of the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council, said the expansion is a win-win for everyone.

“There is a great need for qualified and certified carpenters, and it is the most difficult to find at the moment. This facility will allow our union carpenter contractors to complete the work on time and on budget, ”he said.

Beijing Mayor Mark Luft said the growth of the program would attract more people to the city.

“There will be apprentices who will come from over 40 different counties in the community, which gives them a chance to see how we are growing here, how we are doing,” he said. “It means people are going to move here. People are going to spend their money here.

The Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council represents more than 50,000 men and women who work in 324 counties in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and eastern Iowa.

Milton S. Rodgers