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A new learning model

August 26, 2021

Longtime UVA Apprenticeship Program develops a new structure

Colorful collage of various tradespeople

This year was key in the evolution of the UVA Apprenticeship Program, as the program’s team developed a new four-year training model to be known as the 2+2 Program.

The program was first established in 1982 and has operated using a traditional training model that involves four years of classroom and on-the-job training in a trade chosen from the start of the apprenticeship. The incoming cohort of apprentices starting in 2021 will be piloting the new 2+2 Program model, in which apprentices spend their first two years taking general skilled trades education and safety courses that relate across all trades tracks. In the second two years of the program, apprentices focus their training in their chosen trade of carpentry, masonry, plumbing, HVAC or electrical.

This new program model is similar to a degree program that requires general education courses before concentrating on a major of study. Often, apprentices start with little experience in the trades. As they gain experience with the many skilled trades workers at Facilities Management, they will be better equipped to make an informed choice of which trade may suit them best.

The following apprentices will begin work in mid-September:

Non-Licensed Trades (Carpentry/Masonry)

  • Samantha Manning
  • Jamal Johnson
  • Stephen Ingram
  • Bryan Ferguson

Licensed Trades (Electrical/HVAC/Plumbing)

  • Justin McCartney
  • Andrew Rowe
  • Branson Lane
  • Cody Taylor
  • John Crews
  • Freddy Ntamulenga
  • Nazeer Bahuddeen

About the author

Jane Centofante
Communications senior generalist
UVA Facilities Management
(434) 982-5846