Millwrights offer expectations for the new Millwright Training Center

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NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights is one big team of skilled workers committed to doing the job right the first time.

Millwright apprentice Natasha Picotte says with this new location, hopefully more people will want to gain trade skills.

"It's more of an advertisement, more people will see that there is a different opportunity compared to where the other building is located. It's not really in a place where it's shown to other people and maybe we could get more people to in,” said Millwright Apprentice Natasha Picotte.

The Millwright Training Apprenticeship is a 4-year career training program where people have the opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills through classroom instruction and on-the-go hands on learning experience.

Millwright journey man Joseph Picotte says he's excited to help bring in the next generation of apprentices with the skills he's gained over the years.

"It's in a better location, it'll be a better building than what we have for better tools for training because the building we had was old and couldn't finish much stuff in there as they can in this one,” said Millwright Journeyman, Joseph Picotte. "People can drive by and see the sign and wonder what it is and come in and check it out."

First year Millwright apprentice Jacob Picotte also was influenced by his parents to get involved and hopes more people will, too.

"My parents told me what it was like and I was like 'that sounds pretty cool, let's try it out,'” said First-year Millwright Apprentice, Jacob Picotte.

Regional Director Brian Kerrigan calls the Picotte family a testament to evolution, and invites more people to get trained.

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