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OSHA Region V is working with Job Corps Centers in the Midwest to provide safety and health information to Job Corps students. As part of this effort, OSHA Region V Assistant Regional Administrator John Newquist spoke to 100 apprentice coordinators from 10 Midwest states at the annual Job Corps leadership meeting on November 3, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Job Corps is a free education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor for economically disadvantaged young people 16-24 years old.  Job Corps combines classroom, practical, and work-based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs. These jobs include construction, culinary arts, railway repair, and many others.  There are 122 Job Corps centers in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The 100 apprentice coordinators who attended the annual Job Corps Fall Leadership meeting train 10,000 students in the Midwest annually. During his speech, Mr. Newquist explained the need for all Job Corps students to have basic safety training during the 12-18 month apprenticeship program, including training on their workplace rights.  Some Job Corps centers have incorporated the OSHA 10-hour Outreach Training Program course in their apprenticeship program, but many have not.

To help raise awareness of workplace safety and health issues among Job Corps students and safety staff, Mr. Newquist is sending information on a particular safety and health topic to the Job Corps Regional Office in Chicago every month.  The Job Corps Regional Office will forward this information to its 18 centers in the Midwest. 

Apprentice coordinators from some of the largest unions attended the speech, including:

  1. United Brotherhood of Carpenters, National Job Corps Training Fund
  2. Transportation Communication International Union (TCU)
  3. International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, (IUPAT)
  4. National Plastering Industry's Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (OPCMIA)
  5. International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
For more information, contact Lisa Sciolaro, Labor Liaison with OSHA Region V in Chicago, Illinois.

As of January 2011.




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