In today’s competitive construction industry it is extremely important for any successful contractor to plan strategies for training and developing highly skilled employees. Here at Branco, we believe in the “grow your own employees” theory. Branco operates a Carpentry Apprenticeship training program certified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. We have trained countless apprentices in our program since its inception in 1993, and many have gone on to very successful careers!
Branco apprentices not only learn skills in the classroom, they gain invaluable experience by working alongside Branco journeymen carpenters. Our journeymen carpenters are professional craftsmen whose valuable experience and knowledge get passed on to our apprentices. The apprentice gains knowledge and hones their craft, while Branco gains a valuable and skilled employee. Graduates of our apprenticeship program are recognized and certified as Journeyman Carpenters by the U.S. Department of Labor. It truly is a Win-Win!
In 2015, Branco partnered with Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, for the joint administration of the Carpentry Apprenticeship Program. This valuable partnership has blossomed and now even allows graduated apprentices to benefit from their experiential learning and to qualify for college credit through Crowder. At the end of the program, our apprentices have the option to be awarded actual college credit hours and an Advanced Construction Technology certificate. This program partnership is the first of its kind in the country! In recognition for this achievement, Branco was awarded the “2017 Distinguished Business Award” by the Missouri Community College Association for our ground-breaking efforts in forging the path for the Branco Carpentry Apprenticeship Program.
This is a 4-year program that consists of on-the-job training and attending class one night per week in the spring and fall semesters. Topics discussed in class may include safety, carpentry, concrete work, plan reading, and many other topics. Credit may be given to applicants for prior related experience on a case-by-case basis.
To apply for our Carpentry Apprenticeship program, click HERE.