Work is officially underway to build a technologically-advance, comprehensive carpenter and millwright training center in the Nashville suburb of La Vergne, Tennessee. The 25,000 structure will be built on four acres of land along Veterans Memorial Parkway, near U.S. Hwy. 41, Murfreesboro Highway.
The $5 million project is being done by the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council Training Trust Fund (TTF). The TTF trains members of the Southeastern Carpenters and Southern States Millwrights regional councils. Recently, those representing these organizations, along with members of Local 223 and state and local officials, teamed to kickoff construction at a ceremonial groundbreaking event.
The latest photos added are those of the recent groundbreaking ceremony.
“Our vision is to prepare a local workforce of construction industry professionals with the skills needed to enable these men and women to secure an excellent quality of life for themselves and their families,” said Rickey Moore, Director of the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council Training Trust Fund. “This facility has the potential to provide more jobs to LaVergne residents and build long-term residency into the community.”
The facility will be a two-story stately, safe structure with maintained grounds and green spaces. Inside, training will cater to what’s needed on job sites around the region. For example:
Carpenter Skills taught there will include:
Millwright coursework will include:
Safety training includes:
Soft-skill training is also offered on topics such as
Curriculum and programming at the La Vergne Training Center will benefit from resources provided by a $250 million annual training program of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), because the Mid-South Training Trust Fund is an affiliate of the UBC. As a result, program participants will receive the best technological, skills-based training for all aspects of the carpentry and millwright trades. All equipment and instruction will be closely regulated and monitored by the US Department of Labor and will abide by all OSHA standards.
The LaVergne training program is funded with private money from contractors who employ those who train at the Center, meaning all of this is at no cost to the taxpayer.
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