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The training offered by CPWR builds on the existing infrastructure of the Building Trades Unions and the 2,000 joint apprenticeship and training programs in all 50 U.S. states and in Canada.

These multi-employer apprenticeship and training programs invest more than $1 billion a year to train union construction workers in construction skills including safety and health. More than 500,000 workers are trained annually in this system. Building on this existing training infrastructure optimizes CPWR’s ability to reach all sectors of the construction industry.

CPWR leads national training programs focused on improving construction industry occupational safety and health and environmental remediation, reaching well over 50,000 workers per year. The U.S. construction industry presents serious challenges for delivery of contractor, foreman, or worker training. More than 80% of construction establishments have fewer than 10 employees, and more than 90% have fewer than 20 employees. Delivery of training through multi-employer joint labor-management trusts shares the cost of training a local pool of skilled workers.

Current CPWR training programs include both instructor and worker training skills for:

  • Work on EPA Superfund and DOE sites nationwide;
  • Safety and health training in Spanish and English including basic safety, confined space entry, and asbestos and lead abatement;
  • Work on natural and man-made disaster sites; and
  • Brownfields and minority worker training on life skills, preapprenticeship, and environmental remediation.

CPWR strives to integrate applied research findings into these training programs to assess continual improvement and evaluate the impacts of safety and health training.