On Wednesday August 19th UA Local 50 hosted all of its apprentices to the union hall for this year’s apprenticeship orientation.
Attendance at the orientation was great as apprentices of each year— from those just beginning their apprenticeships to fifth years on the brink of becoming journeymen—gathered at the UA Local 50 union hall to hear about the expectations leadership has for this year while receiving their annual class schedules.
Business Manager Scott Lopez and Training Director Chris Weaver set expectations for the year while encouraging the apprentices to get ready for a busy, diverse workload.
Also at the orientation, first year apprentices were paired with mentors—either journeymen or experienced apprentices— who they are encouraged to talk to on a regular basis about all things having to do not only with the specific skills necessary to be successful in the trade but with union, organizational, and other matters as well.
The mentorship program has been very successful throughout the years, and the Piping Industry sees it as a crucial element to the success of their apprenticeship program as well as to the strength of the local as a whole.
Those who attended also received dinner— delicious Hungarian sausages from Takacs— grilled up by our very own Bob Lynn.
All in all the orientation went well and we are all looking forward to a fun and successful year.