Shelby Erectors Inc., Davie, Fla., which is an approved SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Training Unit, recently invested in a mobile training trailer. The mobile classroom is equipped for up to 10 students and an instructor.
Dubbed Rebar U, the trailer will be used to deliver NCCER Core and Reinforcing Ironworker training and certification to Shelby Erectors’ employees on the job site. The company will hold classes once per month and will deliver training in 4- or 8-hour increments. It will take two years to complete the full coursework.
“We are bringing the classroom to the ironworkers,” said Jack Nix, Vice President of Operations for Shelby Erectors. Nix believes it is necessary to remove barriers in order to attract new workers to the industry. In addition to making it more convenient for workers, they will be paid while they train. “This is an investment in our current and future workforce, which we will earn back in quality work performed by qualified people,” said Nix. “Hopefully they stay at Shelby Erectors, but if they leave to work for a competitor in the future then we’ve improved the industry as a whole.”