With LIUNA Training’s help, we are continuing to support and educate our brothers & sisters in LIUNA Puerto Rico— creating a registered apprenticeship program for construction workers that is training the next generation of LIUNA members as they build a new Puerto Rico!
Con la ayuda de “LIUNA Training” continuamos a apoyar y a educar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas en LIUNA Pueto Rico, creando un programa registrado de aprendizaje para trabajadores de construcción para entrenar a la nueva generación de LIUNA a construir un nuevo Puerto Rico!
We are training the first group of individuals to become trainers for LIUNA here on the island. It’s a group of 25—none of them with any teaching experience but a wealth of construction knowledge. And so, our task is to get them ready for the classrooms so that they can begin teaching the apprentices over the next few months.
It’s exciting to us because we came to Puerto Rico about three years ago, found out that there wasn’t any organized training going on in the construction industry at all. So here, they’re getting the opportunity to learn how to pass on formal education to workers in the industry.
It is tremendously important. There’s gonna be about 100,000 construction jobs created by the incoming funds that is gonna be sent to Puerto Rico for recovery. Now, there’s only about 20,000 construction workers currently in Puerto Rico. So, we need to train massive amounts of workers and create the economic impact Puerto Rico needs so much.
LIUNA is actually the first organization to have a Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program for the construction industry here in Puerto Rico. And the type of methodology that we’re utilizing is definitely customized to local culture and local work environment. We make sure that our trainers are Spanish speakers and all of our material has been translated, it’s easily accessible. So, to be able to be a part of the birth of a training effort here in Puerto Rico is a real privilege.
And what I’m really excited about is the fact that we have master trainers here who have years and years of experience, as far as training goes. And they are training individuals that have never been trained before, and the trainees themselves are really very excited.
Who are we? LIUNA Puerto Rico!