April 16, 2015
By Stephanie West
Mobile, Alabama – The Iron Workers Local 798 training center in Mobile, Alabama, has been endorsed by the Central Gulf Industrial Alliance [CGIA] for excellence in training, staffing, safety, employer engagement and facilities.
CGIA is a consortium of industrial businesses and contractors covering Gulf Coast counties in Mississippi, Alabama and Northwest Florida. The organization identifies and promotes outstanding construction industry programs as part of their initiative to improve industry performance.
“Safety is our number one priority,” said William Graves, business manager for Iron Workers Local 798. “We emphasize safety every step of the way in our training programs. A safety-conscious ironworker is the best ironworker on the job site.”
CGIA staff conducted rigorous, onsite reviews of multiple training facilities in Mississippi, Alabama and Northwest Florida. Iron Workers Local 798 training facility was rated to be among the best and received a silver endorsement. The facility scored between 54 and 57 points out a possible 60 points. Criteria included appropriate staffing levels, proper learning environments, up-to-date training course materials and content, a safe, clean and organized training facility, employer engagement with training facility graduates and an overall evaluation of the program.
“We are very proud to have this training program recognized,” said Walter Wise, Iron Workers general president. “It’s because of excellent training programs like this one that we are able to attract, train and deliver the best ironworkers in the world.”