It was the reopening of the Bricklayers and Allied Craft workers Local 9 Union’s training facility in Erie. At the facility students were learning about block work, brick work, and how to become better at masonry.
On Saturdays, the students learn about honing their craft and on the weekdays they earn money during their apprenticeship. For Autumn Lakes the skills she’s learning here will be used to fulfill her dreams of becoming an architect.
“Just because you’re a female doesn’t make it any less of a woman’s trade that it is a mans and you’re work ethic and you’re reliability,” said Lakes.
The Union sees a need in Erie for trained craftsmen. This is their way of giving back to the community. Experts tell us learning a trade like this guarantees that you will always have a job. The program has a total of 9 classes.