EUGENE, OR — Chambers Construction, a leading Pacific Northwest general contractor based in Eugene, Oregon, is pleased to announce the first class of graduates who have successfully completed their apprenticeship program to become journeyman carpenters. While the pandemic caused almost a year delay for this first class, the apprentices persevered to reach their goal of graduation. This year’s graduates include Adam Hastings, John Peters and Izayah Moriguchi.
Graduation will be held on Wednesday, June 30 at 4:00 p.m. at the Chambers Construction main office.
The Chambers Construction Apprenticeship Program was started in 2017 to address the need for skilled labor in the local area. Under the guidance of trainer Mark Harrington, and over the course of three years, those in the program learn the ins and outs of the construction industry including building best practices, safety protocols and craftsmanship fundamentals — all through a combination of classroom and hands-on work. Apprentices are paid throughout their time in the program with a step-up pay scale as they progress with their coursework and meet program hours.
With support and cooperation from local school districts, chambers of commerce and work ready programs, the Chambers Construction Apprenticeship Program has grown. Currently the program has 15 apprentices in training. The construction industry offers great career opportunities for those who are not interested in or able to attend college. Completing an apprenticeship program like the one at Chambers Construction provides graduates a solid start to a lifelong career with competitive pay and benefits.