UVA apprentice trade program wants women applicants

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People who would like to earn while also learning and maybe have a job after they finish their training should look into an apprenticeship program at the University of Virginia.

The UVA program wants to hear from anyone with a passion for electrical, HVAC and plumbing.

The UVA Facilities Management Apprenticeship Program teaches a skilled trade through a combination of on-the-job training, technical education and classroom instruction in a four-year program.

No experience is required but it is looking for hard driving individuals, and women are encouraged to apply.

Chelsea Short graduated from the program and is now an electrician.

"I went through a four-year program working fulltime, 40 hours a week, school one night a week and full benefits from day one, did that for four years, graduated, now I am a licensed electrician," she said.

Anne Lasarre is a third-year student.

"I love building things I am happy going to work every day here in the shop. I get to learn fine woodworking, I got to learn renovations, how to do framing and so I would encourage any women who are interested in building to come on in, it's fun," she said

The program brings in seven to 13 new apprentices each year, depending on business needs.

Recruitment is in February and March. On Feb. 24, a woman-oriented workshop will be held in the IX Art Park between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., sponsored by UVA tradeswomen.

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