NABTU said its spends $1.6 billion training "hundreds of thousands of men and women" at 1,600 training facilities in every state.
McGarvey said the unions support expanding apprenticeship to new and emerging industries the NABTU will participate in the public comment period on the issue.
The NABTU, meanwhile, said there has been no "compelling rationale" to exclude construction from the apprenticeship expansion program.
NABTU apprenticeship programs benefit from building upon the foundation of real-world, relevant learning that CTE educators provide in their classrooms, and students benefit when they are able to see the direct correlation between what they learned in their STEM programs with how it is applied on the job.
"As a result of their strong STEM backgrounds and their willingness to continue to learn and grow, these students will be able to reach goals they only imagined," says UA Director of Education and Training Chris Haslinger, who is also the director of NABTU's Committee on Apprenticeship.
Students who do a building trades apprenticeship, like the ones provided by the UA, the IBEW and other NABTU affiliates, can build on all they learned in school to create a rewarding and prosperous future.