The Sheet Metal Workers Local #33, Cleveland District Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) was recently internationally recognized by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) as the Best New IPAF Training Centre of the Year.
Our training center is the first of its kind in the U.S. to earn the distinction at the International Awards for Powered Access, which celebrates best practices and excellence in the powered access industry. Local #33 JATC instructors John Nesta and Rich Toth accepted the award on the Local’s behalf at the March 26th event in Miami.
“It is one thing to get internal recognition. It would be neat,” said Nesta, training coordinator at the Cleveland JATC. “But this was over the top, because it wasn’t sheet metal or building trades giving the awards.”
A hands-on study of scissor and boom lifts through American Work Platform Training (AWPT) is a prominent feature that sets Local #33 apart, as our Cleveland and Toledo JATCs are the only sheet metal worker training centers – and one of only 27 general training sites across the U.S – to offer the training.
This unique training is becoming a very sought-after tool and will make the hard-working members of Local #33 more employable to contractors, especially on projects in the automotive industry, hospitals, plants and other commercial building where aerial lift licensing and safety is required.
“The workers who’ve been through the course have been grateful,” said Nesta who, along with his instructors, also took the course. “We walked out of the instructors’ course amazed at what we were supposed to be doing, and we are passing that knowledge on to our students.”
Sheet Metal Workers Local #33 trains our apprentices to enter the industry right away with the most up-to-date skills and knowledge available, while also upgrading the skills of our journeyman sheet metal workers. Visit our Training page for more information on our award-winning commitment to world-class education.