Gallegos apprenticeship building local talent in skilled trades

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — Marcus Martinez likes his job well enough to show up for work on his 21st birthday, which is more responsible than most of us were.Martinez and several others are part of an apprenticeship program created by the Gallegos Corporation, one of the only true apprenticeship programs on Colorado’s Western Slope.Home grown helpYou cannot import enough qualified help, so Gallegos is growing its own, explained Joe Kleber, Gallegos vice president for operations.It’s not just our region. Construction industry studies indicate that by the end of next year the industry nationwide will be sort around 2 million skilled tradesmen.“You …

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