Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen Requires Public Construction Projects To Use Apprentices

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

Legislation Closes Major Loophole and Strengthens Apprenticeship Programs

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) April 24, 2018 – Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen lauded passage of legislation that codifies apprenticeship requirements for public projects exceeding $250,000. The legislation also closes a loophole used by some contractors currently participating in apprenticeship programs because it requires contractors to demonstrably show that their programs are actually graduating apprentices.

Apprenticeship programs entail a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and technical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. These programs also open the door for younger people to access educational training and earn college credits.

“This legislation will not only ensure that our tradespeople are skilled, but will help give taxpayers the confidence in knowing important projects are being done safely,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Unfortunately, simply proving that an apprentice program exists, is not enough to those who wish to skirt the spirit and intent of the law.”

The Town of Hempstead, with a population of over 760,000, is situated between Seattle and Charlotte in terms of not just population, but also many infrastructure needs. The Town is comprised of over 1200 miles of local roadways and boasts one of the largest detached storm drainage systems in the country.

“Our infrastructure and public works require the best trained and educated workers possible to safely and effectively strengthen and improve our communities,” said Gillen. “Apprenticeship programs are one of the best ways for a worker to acquire the experience and training necessary to become established in a good paying, long-term career.”