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New York State Department of Labor

Carpenters Recruit Apprentices

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Albany, NY (March 30, 2017) -

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Northeast Carpenters will conduct a recruitment from May 4, 2017 through April 26, 2018 for 15 carpenter apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today.

Please note that the openings listed for apprentices represent the total number for three recruitment regions – the Capital District, Mohawk Valley, and North Country regions. This program’s jurisdiction includes the counties of Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington.

Applications can be obtained in person at the Northeast Carpenters Training Center, 16 Corporate Circle, Albany, NY from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. Applications will also be available at the Saratoga County Career Center, 152 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period.

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 17 years old. A signed statement must be submitted at the time of application.  Proof will be required after selection and prior to indenture.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED). A signed statement must be submitted at the time of application. Proof will be required after selection and prior to indenture.
  • Must attest in writing that they are physically able to perform the work of a carpenter, which may include:
    • Following established safety rules and regulations.
    • Maintaining a safe and clean environment.
    • Shaping or cutting materials to specified measurements using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
    • Assembling and fastening materials to make framework or props using hand tools, wood screws, nails, dowel pins, or glue.
    • Building or repairing cabinets, doors, frameworks, floors, and other wooden fixtures used in buildings.
    • Using woodworking machines, carpenters’ hand tools, and power tools.
    • Erecting scaffolding and ladders for assembling structures above ground level.
    • Installing structures and fixtures, such as windows, frames, flooring, trim, or hardware using carpenters’ hand and power tools.
    • Working on scaffolds.
    • Working in confined spaces.
    • Working under conditions of inclement weather, such as rain, snow, cold, heat, and direct sunlight.
    • Performing constant repetitive motions.
    • Climbing and working from heights.
    • Lifting items over a set weight.
    • Standing and stooping for prolonged periods of time.
  • Must pass a drug test, at the expense of the sponsor, after selection and prior to indenture.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from various job sites and related instruction classes. 
  • Must reside within the jurisdiction, which includes the counties of Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington.
  • Must participate in an interview, if selected.
  • Must pass the Northeast Carpenters Committee entry math test.
  • Must provide military transfer card or discharge form DD-214, if applicable, after selection and prior to indenture.

For further information, applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or Northeast Carpenters at (518) 438-0901.

Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.

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