Apprenticeships: Developing the Competencies of Future Builders

Many of the building and construction companies require labor that are not only technically proficient and competent at what they do, but, more importantly, are also dedicated and committed to delivering only the best and highest quality workmanship of any aspect of their job. This what a well-planned and very comprehensive apprenticeship program aims to provide to aspiring and budding building and construction specialists.

The Need for Building Craftsmen

apprentice3The requirements for specialty craftsmen – painters, stonemasons, bricklayers, wood machinists, and others – is ever-increasing because of the boom in building and construction projects spurred by economic development and prosperity. With the increased rate of building construction anywhere, project owners demand a high level of builder’s warranty, so that their investment will be adequately protected.

As such, project contractors – be it small or medium sized companies – need to think long term about hiring tradesmen who can guarantee them the high quality workmanship as well as unquestionable work ethic to see that the job is finished in time, if not well ahead of the expected completion date without necessarily compromising on quality and durability of the finished work.

These requirements place great emphasis on the importance of apprenticeship programs in building and construction projects to enable aspiring builders, craftsmen, and tradesmen to hone their skills and competencies in any given trade or work.

What Every Builder’s Training Program Should Have?

A training program for aspiring builders and craftsmen should include the provision of very rudimentary knowledge that will be needed to provide the basis of their skills in the specific trade that apprentices will be choosing. This means that the knowledge that they have learned will have to be translated into practice in the real building and construction setting.

Furthermore, mastering the skills of an apprentice builder will require a very comprehensive approach to learning on-the-job. Apprentices will learn best if they are paired with seasoned veterans of the project in order to facilitate easier and faster learning of the needed skills. Training programs also need to have a very structured learning system that should progress from the performance of the simplest and most basic sets of technical skills to the most complex and highly advanced set of skills.

Depending on the performance of the apprentice at a certain level in the learning curve, no apprentice should be allowed to progress to the next level if a certain level of proficiency is not ascertained at the current level.

Because of the far-reaching implications of work-readiness, apprenticeship programs are largely viewed as accountable for the future work performance of these apprentices. As such, these training programs ensure that only competent and proficient will be allowed to continue on as a recognized builder.

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