United Association (UA) - A History of Excellence and Commitment to Registered Apprenticeship

Posted by Chad Aleshire - On September 04, 2012 (EST)

As we continue our SpotLight series featuring Trailblazer and Innovator-recognized programs, it’s only fitting to follow our Wisconsin SpotLight, which featured the place where Registered Apprenticeship started, by featuring a program that has been a leader in the apprenticeship community for more than 100 years.    

The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, widely known as the UA, was established on October 11, 1889. 120 years later, the UA is still going strong.  Today the UA has over 40,000 registered apprentices training nationwide in 345 authorized training centers covering 284 registered apprenticeship programs, making it the largest registered apprenticeship program in the U.S. The organization credits the strength of their partnerships with various signatory contractors for the success of their program. This collaborative approach is essential to the effective development of a skilled and competitive workforce that is ready to meet current and future industry demands. Their investment in education ensures that all UA apprentices have access to the most innovative and rigorous training available, and that they graduate as highly-skilled, competitive journeyworkers, prepared for the challenges of today's growing construction industry. 

The UA was recently recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator of Registered Apprenticeship during the Department of Labor’s National Education and Action Summit in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act.  UA Director of Training Chris Haslinger was on hand to receive the Certificate of Recognition presented by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.  Haslinger had this to say about UA’s long-standing commitment to the apprenticeship model:

“At the UA, excellence is not just a goal, it’s a requirement.  We believe that training our workforce using the apprenticeship model is the best way to ensure our workforce is the safest, the most productive, and the most competitive in the construction industry.  As apprentices become journeyworkers, they take pride in the hard work they’ve put in, and they understand the importance of passing the knowledge and skills they’ve developed on to the next generation of apprentices that come behind them.  That’s what Registered Apprenticeship is all about.” 

As we enter the 21st century, the UA continues to lead the way in innovation and commitment to make sure their membership is ready for the challenges that lay ahead.  The UA, in partnership with its signatory contractors, spends an estimated $240 million a year on training to ensure their members are prepared for the future.  With that type of investment, UA apprentices are given every opportunity to earn, learn, and succeed in the 21st century.

We encourage you to download and share this one-page overview to learn more on the UNITED ASSOCIATION of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada. 

Also be sure to visit http://ua.org/ for more on the UA’s Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in plumbing, pipefitting, sprinkler fitting, and HVACR.

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