This week, all of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) directors of training in the United States and Canada have gathered at the IUPAT International Training Center in Hanover, Maryland for their annual IUPAT/Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) seminar.
The objective of the three-day meeting, which consists of multiple presentations and breakout meetings, is to inform attendees of new developments in apprenticeship and journey worker training such as standards, new legal requirements, curricula and programs of study. The directors also have the opportunity to discuss technical and training capacity issues they’re facing on the local level so that solutions may be found in this group setting.
The FTI staff is scheduled to present the current progress on the new IMSe system (a database to track the training and certification of members, among other things), the FTI social media presence and reminders on the importance of the IUPAT text messaging program for union news, job alerts and more (text IUPAT to 48728 to join).
The annual IUPAT/FTI Directors of Training Seminar is one of the most important meetings we hold at the Finishing Trades Institute. It’s here that we chart the course to maintain and grow the best-trained workforce on the job site, and use that premier training to open doors for more work opportunities for our members.
Finishing Trades Institute Director Dan Penski addresses International Union of Painters and Allied Trades directors of training from throughout the U.S. and Canada at the 2013 IUPAT/FTI 2013 Directors of Training Seminar in Hanover, Maryland at the IUPAT International Training Center.