"Training Program of the Month:" Resource Valley Construction Training Council

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Opportunity awaits in Tennessee's construction industry – and all across the state, schools and apprenticeship programs are training the next generation of skilled workers. As part of our mission to enhance the image of the construction industry and promote the industry's various career paths, we're launching the Go Build Tennessee "Training Program of the Month" feature to highlight the multitude of training pathways to a successful career in Tennessee's construction industry.

In Tennessee alone, there are more than 110 different programs across the state, so no matter where you live – if you're interested in a career in construction there's opportunity within reach — you just have to take the first step.

Our March "Training Program of the Month" is Resource Valley Construction Training Council (Co-Sponsored by AGC & ABC)

Resource Valley Construction Training Council (Co-Sponsored by AGC & ABC)

Resource Valley Construction Training Council is comprised of general contractors and subcontractors who believe in training employees in order to make sure there is a qualified work force for the future of the construction industry. RVCTC was established in 1989 as a joint apprenticeship training program between the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee, Inc. - Knoxville Branch and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Greater Tennessee Chapter.

RVCTC is a working BAT certified, 4-year apprenticeship program providing hands-on training along with classroom training.

Construction-Related Trades & Degrees: RVCTC offers Apprenticeship Journeymen Training in Carpentry, Electrical & Masonry. The carpentry and electrical programs are registered with the department of labor.

What makes Resource Valley unique? Students are provided income from employers while obtaining a post-secondary education with little to no out of pocket costs. The program is employer-funded and in collaboration with Knox County Schools.

What's the Learning Experience Like? Students complete 160 hours of annual classroom training that occurs after hours allowing participants to be gainfully employed while satisfying the OJT requirements.

What advice would you give to those seeking a career in the skilled trades? Focus on learning basic math, reading, and communications skills to ensure success in your field of choice. 

How many students are currently enrolled? At the beginning of the 2017-2018 term, 250+ students were enrolled in our program.

What positions do your students tend to take on after graduation? Graduates take positions as journeymen in the carpentry, electrical, and masonry trades with opportunities to move into management positions and opportunities to start their own businesses.

What is the job placement rate upon completion of these programs? Our hope is students are already placed before the start of our program, and this will provide better advancement opportunities within their companies. Upon graduation, nearly 100% of students have full-time positions. 

To learn more, contact Danielle Settlemoir at the RVCTC Office at (865-525-2165) or by email (danielle@knoxtnagc.org)

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Want to be featured as one of our Training Programs of the Month? Send us an email to info@gobuildtennessee.com