Wayland school bridges skilled trade jobs gap


WAYLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Shae Luther is looking towards a future as a millwright, someone who works on big industrial machines like generators, turbines and conveyors. What attracts him most to the work is the diversity of projects.

"You're working on one thing one day and it can just completely change from week to week," Luther said.

But Luther needs to learn the ropes. So he has enrolled in the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights' training program at its recently opened training facility in Wayland. The union provides the training. Contractors pay students to attend.

In four years, Luther plans to be set for his working life.        

"Walk out with a journeyman, a full career," Luther said.

The union has come up with a way to start bridging the gap between contractors who need workers and workers who need skills.

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