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City of Albany approves requirement of apprentice program for contractors

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City of Albany approves requirement of apprentice program for contractors

ALBANY, N.Y. — The City of Albany, N.Y. has passed an ordinance that requires all construction contractors and subcontractors working on projects valued at greater than $100,000 to have established apprenticeship programs that have been approved by the New York State Department of Labor.

Under the new city ordinance, approved in early July, contractors will be required to show proof of an approved apprenticeship program that graduates at least 30 per cent of apprentices, notes a media statement.

The new ordinance will be effective in September.

"As mayor, I am committed to ensuring that building and construction projects done in the city of Albany meet the highest possible standards, and apprenticeship programs are a vital part of that effort," said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan in the statement.

"Not only will this new ordinance help to protect infrastructure investments made in our city, but it will make certain that we are adequately training young people for future careers in the construction trades."

Bill Banfield, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters’ southeast New York regional manager, commented: "The Northeast Carpenters’ strongly believes in providing both on-the-job and in-class training for our carpenters, so they can earn while they learn and have the chance to build a career with a good standard of living, great health care and retirement benefits."

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