Students from a Queensbury High School construction class visited and worked with the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local #2 NY/VT training facility in Albany on May 9. Students learned how to lay brick and block by journey worker masons and used their skills with various sizes of brick and block.
Divided into pairs, students worked collaboratively to complete a small section of a wall.
“As with many trades, the BAC union is looking for new people to join their apprenticeship program,” said John Potter, a technology teacher at Queensbury High School, who teaches the construction class. “There are many career opportunities with the mason’s union other than block, brick and mortar. Tile setter, stone mason, marble mason, cement mason, terrazzo worker, plasterer or restoration specialist/pointer-caulker-cleaner are also careers that are part of BAC union.”
BAC Local #2 NY/VT is offering a four-week course in masonry education at its Albany location from July 10 through Aug. 3. All interested applicants must be at least 17 years old and have reliable transportation to and from the course sessions.
Applications must be received by June 9, 2023 to be considered for the program.