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Apprenticeship spotlight - Apprenticeship Week 2016

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Saw Kaw HeiTeVaan Paye

TeVaan Paye, who moved to the U.S. from Liberia when he was 2 years old, was first introduced to apprenticeship through a pre-apprenticeship program organized by Minneapolis Transitions School (MTS) for training with the Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers Local 1 Minnesota and North Dakota.

According to his instructors, TeVann's diligence and commitment to learning helped him progress through the pre-apprenticeship training. After he completed the 12-week program, he was hired as a pointer-cleaner-caulker apprentice by Advanced Masonry in St. Paul where he continued to learn about the craft and earn a wage at the same time. He has since completed his apprenticeship training and now works as a journeyman pointer-cleaner-caulker restoring buildings for Advanced Masonry and is a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 Minnesota and North Dakota.

Saw Kaw HeiSaw Kaw Hei

Saw Kaw Hei, a Karen immigrant refugee from Burma, began his journey to apprenticeship in 2015 as a YouthBuild student at Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP) in St. Paul.

As a YouthBuild student, he learned the fundamentals of residential construction and earned a high school diploma. The skills he learned at GAP assisted him in gaining employment as an apprentice roofer with Roof Tech located in Stillwater, Minn. Hei has worked on projects both in-state and out-of-state. He is excited to begin his apprenticeship schooling with Roofers and Waterproofers Local 96.





Loh BoLoh Bo

Loh Bo, a Karen immigrant refugee from Burma, began his path to apprenticeship as a YouthBuild student at Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP) in St. Paul.

At GAP, Bo earned his high school diploma, improved his English skills, and learned the basics of construction. After graduating in June 2016, he obtained employment as a material handler with Becker Brothers. Within a couple of months of working for the company, he was sponsored into the Floor Covers Union to begin his apprenticeship. He said he is thankful for the opportunities his apprenticeship has brought himself and his family.

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