The Value of Apprenticeships
Here in New York City there are a number of construction projects under way or soon to be developed. Having properly trained and skilled labor to support the industry serves the city well.
A bill No. 1447 has been introduced as a Local Law to amend the New York City building code, in relation to training and qualifications of persons engaged in the construction and demolition of buildings. There is a need to ensure workers on construction sites are properly trained to work safely to protect themselves co-workers and citizens that work, live or pass by construction sites. This bill will amend New York City building code by adding new definitions to read as below:
A worker who is employed and registered to learn a skilled trade through a New York state department of labor or United States department of labor registered apprenticeship program.
A plan containing all terms and conditions for the qualification, recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices, and registered with the New York state department of labor or the United States department of labor.
BONA FIDE CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM
A training program authorized and approved by the commissioner for the trade or craft for which a person is employed that provides a minimum number of required hours for completion in safety related instruction and a minimum number of required hours of on the job training commensurate with, at least, one year of apprenticeship training in accordance with the standards set forth in section 815 of the New York state labor law and paragraph (4) of subdivision (c) of section 601.5 of the New York codes, rules and regulations.