AUSTIN, Texas - Siteline Interior Carpentry has established a three-day training program to channel workers into jobs at its recently opened plant in Austin, Texas.
Siteline, a Chicago-based architectural millwork firm, is working with the Austin and Dallas branches of the Central South Carpenters Union whose members span counties in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Siteline Interior Carpentry opened its Austin, Texas location in 2016, soon after completing a project for retailer Tory Burch. President Thomas Frangella Jr. expected the area to have a plentiful supply of carpenters. But like managers around the country, Frangella is facing a shortage of trained workers. To address that challenge, Siteline has created a three-day training program for carpenters and millworkers, reports the Wall St. Journal.
The program, which launched in January, will be offered monthly in partnership with carpenters' union centers in Dallas and Austin, to find the "best potential employees within the class, and recruit them to our company," says Frangella. The first effort in January 2018 drew 24 trainees, of which Siteline plans to hire 10.
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