Ayer, Dracut students standouts at Allied Trades training


As demand grows for more skilled workers in the construction and finishing trades, the Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35 and the Finishing Trades Institute of New England are working to meet the needs of the industry by training the best painters, glaziers, and tapers in the business.

More than 50 of those apprentices graduated recently from a rigorous program offered by FTI NE, receiving their diplomas at a ceremony surrounded by friends, family, and their brothers and sisters in the union trades.

Two local residents — Ayer’s Peter Drohan and Dracut’s Matthew Roderick — received special recognition as “Apprentices of the Year” for their exemplary dedication to learn, train and support fellow students.

“As the construction industry in Boston booms, we at IUPAT DC35 want to make sure that we train workers to continue to be the best in the finishing trades industry,” said Jeff Sullivan, business manager of IUPAT DC35. “These apprentices are the future of Boston, and now they are ready to build it as well.”

FTI NE runs a college-accredited apprenticeship program through IUPAT DC35. The apprentices receive college credits, which they can utilize to pursue an Associate Degree.

“Every year, we have talented and hard-working apprentices coming out of the FTI NE’s accredited apprenticeship program through IUPAT DC35,” said Eric Redding, director of training for FTI NE. “These graduates are trained and ready to join the workforce.”

The FTI NE apprenticeship program, which is more than 50 years old, graduates exceptional apprentices to the painting and allied trades every year, making IUPAT DC35 the standard of excellence in the industry.