A news article from the Sun Sentinel published last April 21, 2014 unveils some measures that the Palm Beach County Council is considering for building contractors in Wellington and other cities around the area:
“To try to create more jobs for carpenters, plumbers, ironworkers and other tradesmen, Palm Beach County may require government contractors to train the next generation of local workers.
The union-backed apprenticeship measure calls for companies vying for county construction contracts to commit to training aspiring workers in need of experience.
Palm Beach County could become the first county in the state to make such a training program mandatory.
The County Commission on April 15 gave the go-ahead to crafting an apprenticeship measure. In the months ahead, commissioners will decide whether to make the job training mandatory or just an option that gives companies a leg-up in the bidding process.”
Requiring building contractors to undergo job training is going to be beneficial for both home improvement companies and homeowners alike. For one, intensive trainings can only improve each worker’s craft and skill, as well as increase their level of construction and professionalism.
Moreover, contractors are required to take several hours of continuing education to learn more about advanced construction methods and revised building codes for the safety and well-being of their clients. They can broaden their knowledge in project management, contract administrations, as well as dabble with business and finance aspects of their trade.
The trainings can potentially generate more jobs for local Palm Beach County contractors in joining bigger construction projects which can have positive economic effects in the region. Getting certified to handle local projects means that city officials don’t need to search for other workers out of the state to administer extensive projects. This only means that local workers, especially Wellington contractors, can be granted more opportunities in supervising and dealing with important residential and commercial construction, as well as renovation and remodeling.
If this measure is mandated by law, homeowners can breathe easier and feel more at ease because they are assured that their contractors, provided that they comply, have wide-ranging expertise when it comes to construction. Several companies can also benefit from it because they are certified and endorsed by the county council for the work that they offer.
(Source: Palm Beach County considers requiring contractors to train new workers, Sun Sentinel, 21 April 2014)