TCIA Workforce Development
Addressing the Shortage of Skilled Arborists
TCIA has made workforce development a priority to support the needs of member businesses. The Workforce Development Initiative is actively working to develop and expand education and formal training programs in arboriculture and urban forestry in an effort to build a stronger pipeline of motivated and skilled workers.
This initiative operates in two ways:
- Establishing sector partnerships with members and other stakeholders and building arborist apprenticeship programs in each state.
- Introducing students, veterans and career changers to opportunities in arboriculture and providing them with clear pathways to a career that will provide life-sustaining wages and entrepreneurial opportunity.
Sector Partnerships and Apprenticeships by State:
Sector partnerships bring together TCIA members who are prepared to collaborate with colleges, schools, labor and workforce agencies, community organizations and other community stakeholders to identify the training programs necessary to build the skills candidates need for a career in the tree care industry, including launching apprenticeship programs with TCIA as the program sponsor.
These states are just the starting point. As opportunities present themselves in new states, they will be added. Check back to see which state is launched next!
If you have any questions or would like to be involved contact:
- Brigitte Orrick, Workforce Development Director: firstname.lastname@example.org / 603-296-7404
- June Hibbs, Apprenticeship & Workforce Development Coordinator: email@example.com / 603-792-1280