UConn embarked on a partnership with Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School and Windham Technical High School in 2014 to sponsor pre-apprenticeship trade students.
UConn Facilities Operations hires senior and junior students from these local high schools on a part-time basis as part of the Connecticut Technical High School System work-based learning program. The trades represented in this program include carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, electronics technology, precision machining technology, and automotive technology. In addition to the trade-specific shops at UConn, these students have also been employed at UConn’s Motor Pool, Water Pollution Control Facility, Science Area, Energy Management Systems, and Locksmith Shops.
Since the inception of this partnership, UConn Facilities Operations has employed a total of 71 high school students. In December 2019, UConn Facilities Operations formed similar partnerships at UConn Law in Hartford with A. I. Prince Technical High School and at UConn Avery Point in Groton with Ella T. Grasso Technical High School. UConn Facilities Operations is committed to doing its part to develop future skilled trade workers and has set a goal of sponsoring 60 Skilled Trained Apprentices, Power Plant and Wastewater Trainees by 2022. Ultimately, the WBL and apprenticeship programs are not only a good partnership for UConn and the state technical high schools, but also for the growth of the trade industry in the State of Connecticut.
UConn Facilities Operations, in conjunction with the Connecticut Employees Union Independent (CEUI) Local 511, has begun hiring Skilled Trades Apprentices (STA) as full time apprentice employees working towards becoming QCW journeypersons in their trade. Through UConn’s sponsorship, apprentices in the electrical, HVAC, and plumbing trades earn experiential hours towards their respective Connecticut State Journeyperson License. Since 2017, UConn has hired eight QCW Interns, two of which have completed their apprenticeships and are now QCWs.