Governor Phil Scott of Vermont held a press conference on Oct. 25 to acknowledge and promote October as Careers in Construction Month.
ABC NH/VT CEO Josh Reap joined Governor Scott and other state leaders in addressing the critical needs for trades and construction training in Vermont. Governor Scott speaking from alma matter the Central Career Center at Spaulding High School spotlighted careers in the trades and construction as an alternative to traditional college, encouraged more women to get involved, and highlighted the availability of paid apprenticeships and training programs.
Governor Scott has a unique perspective having worked in the trades and co-owned a construction business for 35 years. He encouraged students to explore career options in the trades, and added, “What you learn here will follow you for the rest of your life positively.”
During his comments, Reap spoke of the strong need for Vermont trades workers, and the ABC Vermont Commercial Craft Apprenticeship program as a tool to help meet that need.
Carpenter Apprentice Trenten Mead was invited to join the Governor to talk about his path to a career in construction. Trenten participated in the Commercial Craft Apprenticeship (CCA) program which is offered through Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT and developed in partnership with local contractors.