Three, four and five year apprenticeship programs are the lifeblood of the construction industry. Owners are assured of state-of-the-art training and competent craftsmen.
As part of the ongoing program, each contractor and union organization makes a pledge to "keep working" for the good of the project and themselves. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in building projects that have had the cooperative spirit of BEST as the over-riding force that brings the job in on time and on budget.
Improved productivity is measured in terms of reduced unit cost. In the construction business, this concept is reflected in completing a project on time and within budget.
We understand the importance of placing qualified Building Trades Craftsmen in the field. For these reasons, representatives from the crafts and contractors serve as trustees on Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees. The employer trustees are appointed by the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council and the employee trustees are appointed by their respective local unions. These trustees are responsible for administering and developing the curriculum by insuring the training meets the standards of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.