Kasich signs law to allow building trades recruit in high schools

Ohio’s governor signed legislation designed to help the building trades recruit high school students into apprenticeships.

Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 98 on March 30 to amend current legislation to allow equal opportunity for representatives from colleges and universities, the armed forces, the building trades, businesses and charitable organizations to present information on future career and post-graduate opportunities to high school students.

The bill, which received unanimous support in both the House and Senate, will give the building trades more access to public schools to expose students to rewarding career opportunities in the building trades.

Representatives from the building trades will be guaranteed at least two opportunities per school year to present information in person to high school students individually or in a group setting. The legislation says schools must provide their students with the opportunity to speak in person with a representative.

Under the old law, Ohio high schools could refuse access for nearly all recruiters, leaving public universities, trade schools and military recruiters without an appeal process.

Now, representatives from the Northwest Ohio Building Trades can explain to students the apprenticeship model and the opportunity to earn while you learn.

An apprenticeship with a NWOBT affiliated union offers students the ability to begin an in-demand career and avoid massive college debt. They work with highly trained and highly skilled journeyman, who can teach them the ins and outs of the trade, while they earn a livable wage. Apprentices also receive mandatory classroom education to help them work safely and help them obtain other skills necessary for a successful career.

Click here to learn more about an apprenticeship with a NWOBT affiliated union.

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