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Empowering Tomorrow's Builders: Our Apprentice Program and Workforce Development Initiatives

Allie Hopkins

Discover how our apprentice program and innovative workforce development initiatives are shaping the future of tomorrow's builders. Explore opportunities, growth, and empowerment at East & Westbrook.

Investing in the Future: East and Westbrook's Apprenticeship Program

In the midst of a widespread shortage of skilled tradespeople across various industries, we have taken a proactive approach to address this issue. We are proud to take the initiative in workforce development by offering an apprenticeship program that provides education, experience, and opportunity. This initiative focuses on investing in our growth and the future of team members in the skilled trade industry.

When interviewing for the apprenticeship program, we place emphasis on more than just qualifications; we hire for attitude and train for skill. This approach sets the stage for a comprehensive onboarding process that includes vital safety training. During the initial 90 days, new team members are identified as "Team Green" and receive extra support and evaluation to ensure they align with the company's core values. This support fosters a safe learning environment for participants and secures an even safer future in the industry. In our commitment to workforce development, we have developed a Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Building a Path to Success: Education and Career Opportunities Through Partnerships

This initiative exposes participants to a diverse range of construction tasks and is supplemented with classroom learning taught by in-house experts. Graduates of this two-year program are often primed for leadership roles within the organization.

We have fostered partnerships with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) to offer a two-year degree program, which not only helps individuals formalize their skills and education but also opens doors to careers in safety, project management, estimating, and various skilled trades.

The Key to Growth: Workforce Development at East and Westbrook Construction

This initiative is not solely about meeting our current needs; it's a strategic move to ensure a sustainable future for our valued team members. By actively addressing the challenges and implementing effective development strategies, we not only secure our own growth but also contribute to the economic well-being of communities and the entire skilled trade industry.

Learn more about how you can grow your career with East & Westbrook:

Since 1977, East & Westbrook Construction Co. Inc. has worked with industrial & commercial clients solving their most challenging construction problems. Through strategic partnerships and calculated growth, we offer our clients a wide variety of construction services regionally and nationally, including General Contracting, Industrial & Commercial Concrete, Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings, Design-Build, Fabrication, and Maintenance. Today, 80% of our projects come from repeat clients. Our foundation is built on safety, quality, and performance. We are proud to have received multiple awards, including the Governor's Safety & Health Award (five-time award winner), EHS Today America’s Safest Companies, and Best Places to Work in Louisville and the State of Kentucky. For more information about starting your next project or joining our team, call 502-222-0303.