Lead Carpenter Training (LCT) is proud to recognize its first graduating class, with a ceremony that took place at CATS (Community Assessment & Treatment Services) in Cleveland, on Monday, June 1st. Along with CATS support for students and their families, the six LCT graduates have learned a new set of specialty construction skills that gives them the tools needed for obtaining good, steady employment – while rebuilding their lives and moving forward.
LCT was formed to provide assessments and training of laborers to meet the needs of today’s construction industry. Alex Sainato, general contractor and owner of Cleveland-based JMAX Enterprises, and Brian Rienerth, technical sales rep for JamesHardie®, America’s #1 Brand of Siding, provided space and materials for student training. This contractor commitment assured that graduates work to high standards for quality installation and craftsmanship that the market demands.
At a luncheon provided by CATS for the graduates, both Sainato and Rienerth were on hand to pass out Certificates and Home Depot gift cards. Lou LaMarca, Clinical Director of CATS, couldn’t be happier. “These students make us proud. They really rose to the occasion, took this opportunity seriously – showed up consistently, stayed engaged and practiced their skills to get the most out of the program.”
“Our mission at LCT is to provide the laborer with an updated skill set to handle all components of the latest construction products,” said Sainato. “Our partnership with CATS also allows us to give these students a new beginning, to be much more marketable as they seek employment.”
Rienerth is happy too, to be part of this initiative that is changing lives for the better. “It’s a pleasure to co-train in partnership with JMAX.” JamesHardie® is a $1.5 billion company that invests about $20M a year in R&D. “It’s inspiring to see one of our preferred vendors, JMAX, do something positive to reverse the shortage of skilled laborers in the construction industry. The LCT graduates were very appreciative of getting actual hands-on training from real industry leaders, and to see them master the skills taught was gratifying.” LCT graduates can now count on steady work in an industry seeking their skill sets.
Lead Carpenter Training was founded to satisfy the need for qualified skilled laborers in the carpentry profession. The school is located at 4911 Grant Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Training is conducted on a 10’ high x 100’ long wall that allows students hands-on access to hone their carpentry skills including door and window installation, metal bending brake operation, weatherization installation, blueprint reading, JamesHardie® panel installation and trim installation and panel cutting and kick out.
All LCT instructors are well-qualified skilled carpenters or general contractors who combine their experience and knowledge with a desire to teach. Specialized assistance is available for those who require tutoring. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. LCT believes in the principle and practice of Equal Employment Opportunity. LCT also offers Contractors, GC’s, Staffing Agencies and any interested company or institution the ability to screen or assess a prospective laborer’s skill set.
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