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Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training

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  • Course description
    Formerly Multiple Trades; this program is designed to assist adult men and women, especially people of color, to gain the skills to be successful competitors for building and construction trade apprenticeship programs. Participants learn trade skills, which are relevant to the work-site of various trade occupations.
    Topics include construction terminology, industrial safety and trades math. Students also learn forklift operation, and road flagging. Emphasis is on learning skills and adopting positive attitudes that lead to becoming a productive member of any work-site team or organization.

    Subjects and activities that focus on building habits for success include personal learning styles, time management, understanding non-verbal communication, initiative taking, group-team communication, line/staff/team organization, etc.

    Flagging and Forklift
    Preparation for the flagging certification and forklift operator exams is offered as an integral part of the PACT program.

    Flagging Certification
    Prepares students for the road flagging certification examination. Students learn how to establish and maintain a safe traffic flow in a construction zone and understand both hazardous and safe behaviors involved in a variety of flagger situations. Students review the materials that are needed to successfully pass the Washington State three year flagger certification examination.

    Forklift Operation and Certification
    Trains students in the functions and parts of a forklift, OSHA forklift regulations, safety habits in forklift operation, and the proper picking, placing and moving of a variety of loads through the work site. Students will also take the test to become a Washington State certified forklift operator.

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the course of study in the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program students should be able to:
    1. Possess life skills such as punctuality, perseverance, positive attitude, and work ethic that will assure job success on a construction site.
    2. Possess skills to become indentured in a state-approved construction trades apprenticeship program. These skills are specific to each apprenticeship program and may include practice with hand tools, power tools, doing math problems, interview skills, tool and material identification, and resume preparation, among others.
    3. Possess the necessary skills to pass a valid Washington State Drivers License prior to referral to an apprenticeship program.
    4. Possess the necessary skills to pass the King County Carpenters Safety and Orientation Test prior to referral to an apprenticeship program.
    5. Possess the necessary skills and hours requirements to achieve certifications in the following prior to referral to an apprenticeship program: Forklift Operation, Flagger (traffic control), Industrial First Aid and CPR and OSHA 10.

    Steps To Success
    New construction projects are starting daily in the Seattle, King County, Metropolitan area. The program at SVI offers immediate training for people interested in working in the construction industry and earning livable wages that lead to wage progression.

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